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Human drivers had to take over trains that connect the Denver International Airport terminal to three concourses after a sensor glitch twice stalled automatic movement on one track Wednesday morning, airport spokesman Heath Montgomery said.

The sensor first failed at about 7:45 a.m. Trains were briefly routed around the track section until drivers could be brought aboard to control them.

The glitch resulted in some delays for passengers. “For about 30 minutes we saw some delays,” Montgomery said after the first time drivers had to be called in.

A team of technicians made a temporary fix and trains that connect the airport’s  Jeppesen Terminal to concourses, A, B and C, went back into automatic mode.

Later in the morning the problem arose again, and drivers were brought in again, Montgomery said.

Travelers arriving at Denver International Airport reported massive lines on the platforms. Some got off the train on the A concourse and walked over the skybridge to baggage claim in order to avoid the crowds exiting the trains in Jeppesen terminal.

Montgomery said technicians quickly made a second temporary fix to the problem and the trains began running normally on automatic.

A team is working on a more permanent fix, he said.

During the malfunctions trains, which normally arrive at a station every 2 minutes, averaged about 4 minutes between stops. Run times are now back to normal, Montgomery said.

The delays came on one of the airport’s busiest travel days. More than 1.5 million travelers are expected to pass through DIA during the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

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