Local October 3, 2011 | 11:05 am

Derailed subway cars turn commute into chaos

SANTO DOMINGO. – A Monday morning glitch in Santo Domingo Metro’s (subway) led to the derailment of two cars next to the Hermanas Mirabal station, which was closed immediately.

The early morning commute became chaos between the Mirabal station and the Maximo Gomez Avenue section, leaving thousands of straphangers running aground looking for ways to get to work and schools.

The incident also forced other stations to close, as passengers scrambling to catch public cars and buses stated their concern with the surprise halt to the capital’s fledgling mass transit system.

The chaos spread to the surface with traffic backed up for more than two hours on the already busy Maximo Gomez avenue, where the Jacinto Peynado bridge, next to the barrio La Zurza, became pure pandemonium.

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