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Metro to inspect 464 rail cars after brake issue

WASHINGTON — Metro says it will inspect more than 450 train cars after a break part fell off an orange line train.

Metro says a metal disk called a “friction ring” fell off the train Friday around noon near the Stadium-Armory stop. The train, which has 16 friction rings on each car, stopped safely. No one was injured and passengers moved to other trains.

As a result, however, Metro plans to inspect 464 rail cars with similar brake parts. The trains were put into service in the 1980s and 1990s.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says Friday’s incident was not related to an issue in December where a blue line train also had a brake problem, prompting Metro to inspect 16 cars. Stessel says the incidents involve different designs and different manufacturers.