U.S. safety board looking into smoke in second Washington subway

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Posted: Apr 06, 2015 3:16 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a second incident of smoke in a Washington-area subway tunnel in addition to its probe of a fatal January accident, the agency said on Monday.

The NTSB said it was investigating smoke from electrical arcing on Feb. 11 in a tunnel at Rosslyn, Virginia, a suburb of the U.S. capital, the board said in a statement.

There were no injuries and normal service resumed a few hours later. NTSB technicians are examining electrical parts to see if there are similarities to the Jan. 12 accident, the statement said.

In that incident, a woman was killed and scores of people taken to hospitals after smoke from electrical arcing filled a subway car in downtown Washington. The investigation is continuing, the statement said.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is the second-busiest U.S. subway system after New York in terms of passengers.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Sandra Maler)