Firefighters speak with a victim after passengers on the Metro (subway) service were injured when smoke filled the L'Enfant Plaza station during the evening rush hour January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. SAFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS
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The investigation into smoke in a Washington subway tunnel that killed a woman and sent 84 people to hospitals could take six to 12 months, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.The preliminary cause of the smoke that filled six subway cars in a tunnel on Monday was electrical arcing involving the charged third rail about 1,100 feet (335 metres) ahead of the train, NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said. The smoke occurred about 800 feet (240 metres) south of the Washington Metro's L'Enfant Plaza station in a tunnel leading to the Pentagon Metro station.
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