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Skytrain closed after train cars derail at Miami International Airport

2 train cars derail during maintenance Tuesday

MIAMI – Miami International Airport's people mover system, also known as the Skytrain, was shut down Tuesday after several cars of the trains went off the rails.

Travelers who plan on using Concourse D were advised to arrive at the airport earlier as they needed more time to walk to their gates. 

MIA spokeswoman Suzy Trutie said two cars of one of MIA's four trains went off the rail during maintenance Tuesday. One car went into the roof of Concourse D and the other car was off the rail. 

"No one seemed to be outside our gate to give us any information," one passenger said.

Trutie said one employee was on board at the time of the accident but was not injured. The cars have since been removed from the roof and were taken to a hangar to be inspected by authorities, Trutie said.

The Skytrain serves four stations within Concourse D, which houses 60 gates.

One woman Local 10 News spoke to, Barbara Wright, was at gate 49 -- almost at the end of the concourse, so she had quite a walk.

"They have all these little carts that people can ride in, but there was nobody driving any of them," Wright said.

Another passenger, Mayte Montalvan, said she estimates that she walked about three miles since the train was out of service, but said she is just happy to be back home to see her family for the holidays.

"For a very long time I haven't seen my family," Montalvan said. "It's going to be great."

Trutie said the Skytrain will resume service once the tracks have been inspected and cleared for operation.


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