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MARTA Service Interrupted After Tunnel Fills With Smoke

May 5, 2017

Hundreds of MARTA passengers were forced to evacuate an underground train Thursday due to a fire near the North Avenue station.

Passengers evacuate a MARTA train as it fills with smoke Thursday.
Credit Michael Kahn

Architect Michael Kahn said smoke filled his car almost as soon as the train left the Midtown station.

After the train stopped, he pried the emergency door open.  

“And people began to question, they said, ‘Don’t get off the train. They haven’t told us to get off the train.’ And there was kind of a tense discussion of, ‘Well, there’s a fire. There’s smoke. And we need to get off this train and we haven’t been given instruction.’ And by now it’s been three or four minutes," Kahn said.

Passengers eventually walked on a tunnel platform to get back to the Midtown station.

Full rail service has since resumed. MARTA says it’s investigating the cause of the smoke.