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Sound Transit investigating light rail shutdown after Apple Cup

Sound Transit is investigating a light rail train that shut down returning from an Apple Cup, causing major miscommunication, causing passenger panic and delaying flights.

The transportation agency says the passengers were on their way back from the game at about 8:25 p.m., when a broken cable malfunctioned in the tunnel between the UW station and the University District station. Sound Transit says an electronic cable connected the first car to the subsequent three passenger cars, and with the connection lost, the operator was unable to communicate with the people in the cars.

Unsure of what was going on, the passengers got off the train using the emergency exits.

With people now in the train’s tunnels, Sound Transit halted service on those tracks, with the exception of the rescue train, which moved in and picked up passengers.

Sound Transit says it is now conducting an investigation into the root cause of the broken cable, as well as developing measures to keep passengers on the train if this type of accident occurs again.

Related: Washington State crushes UW 40-13 in the Apple Cup

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