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Pedestrian bridge collapses on WMATA's Green Line track


Service along the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) Green Line came to a halt yesterday following the collapse of a concrete pedestrian bridge onto the track. A rail crane operated by Skanska, which WMATA had contracted to construct a new track, struck the bridge yesterday afternoon and caused it to collapse.

In June 2012, WMATA first awarded a $66 million contract to Skanska to design and construct a test track, commissioning facility, parking garage and other facilities near the existing Greenbelt Maintenance Yard in Prince George's County, Md.

No injuries were reported following the incident, and free shuttle buses transported passengers between the Greenbelt and College Park stations.

The 40- to 60-foot-long bridge ran across four tracks utilized by both WMATA and Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains, The Washington Post reported.

Full service returned along the line early this morning after WMATA crews worked throughout the night to repair the area, agency officials said.

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