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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Man struck by train at Metro Center; delays on Blue and Orange lines

[This post has been updated]

3 p.m. Update: Metro reports that trains are operating normally on the Orange and Blue lines.

2:15 p.m. Update: D.C. Fire/EMS spokesman Pete Piringer said that an adult male was removed from beneath the train. He was found alive, about three cars back and was not entangled or pinned under the train or tracks but was in an area “between the tracks and the train.”

Piringer said the man had injuries “consistent with being struck by a train.” It took about 10 minutes to remove him from beneath the train, Piringer said.

Metro officials are investigating the circumstances. Trains were stopped temporarily, and there was traffic congestion at 12th and G streets NW as emergency units responded. However, officials report that traffic is returning to normal. Delays remain on the Blue and Orange lanes as trains continue to single-track.

1:28 p.m. Update: D.C Fire/EMS personnel report that the man has been removed from beneath the train and is being evaluated.

Original post: Metro reports that a man has been struck by a train at Metro Center on the Blue and Orange lines.

The man is still alive, according to Dan Stessel, a Metro spokesman.

The incident happened shortly before 1 p.m. and witnesses said “it appears intentional,” according to Stessel.

According to a report from D.C. Fire./EMS spokesman Peter Piringer, a rescue operation is underway as emergency personnel attempt to remove the man from beneath a train.

Trains are single-tracking between Federal Triangle and McPherson Square stations.

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