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Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Detroit People Mover is scheduled to reopen this morning after officials suspended service as a safety precaution following reports of an underground explosion early Thursday, according to officials.

The elevated rail will reopen by 11 a.m., said officials with the Detroit Transportation Corporation, which owns and operates the system. The Times Square station will remain closed for clean-up crews.

“An all-clear was issued by DTE Energy and engineers have determined the system is safe,” officials said in a statement.

The People Mover initially was closed Thursday morning after an equipment failure prompted reports of an underground explosion around 12:30 a.m. near The Westin Book Cadillac on Washington in downtown Detroit. Hundreds of guests poured out of the building after the incident, which has been traced to an underground cable failure near the hotel.

The cable failure itself did not affect the People Mover’s ability to operate, said Peter Van Dyke, spokesman with Van Dyke Horn public relations, which represents the Detroit Transportation Corporation.

“They’re going through safety measures just to make sure the People Mover structure is sound before starting it moving again,” Van Dyke said earlier Thursday.


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