One killed in Washington D.C. subway fire

Subway Fire Leaves One Dead
Commute turns deadly for passengers on DC Metro subway train.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC News) One woman is dead and several more injured after a fire in the Washington D.C. subway system Monday afternoon.

“The train shut down, and there was a lot of smoke, and people could barely breathe,” said passenger Denzel Hatch. “They had to evacuate us off the train and through the tunnel and walk back though the front.”

One woman on the train died and dozens more suffered smoke inhalation. Several passengers clearly had trouble breathing as they came out of the tunnel and had to be treated at the scene. More than 60 were taken to local hospitals, two in critical condition.

Some were trapped on the train for as long as 40 minutes before they could get out.

The cause of the fire is still unclear.

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