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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Man killed after being struck by train at Foggy Bottom station

The Foggy Bottom Metro station has reopened following an incident in which a person was struck and killed by a train Thursday afternoon, transit officials said.

The accident happened about 2:12 p.m., when a man apparently placed himself in front of an inbound Orange Line train, a Metro spokesman said.

Metro chief spokesman Dan Stessel said the person was a male in his 50’s. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Service on the both the Orange and Blue lines was returned to normal at around 3:45 p.m. though some delays were likely to remain. Trains had been single-tracking on both lines in the aftermath of the accident. The Foggy Bottom station was closed for just under an hour.

Officials said because a portion of the train traveling in-bound from Rosslyn had made it into the station before the incident occurred, they were able to safely off-load riders. No other injuries were reported.

The incident occurred as a presentation on suicides in the transit system was being given to members of the Metro board, who are meeting today.

The accident temporarily tied up traffic in the area after D.C. Police closed Northbound and Southbound 23rd Street, NW between I Street to Washington Circle. The street was reopened just after 3:30 p.m.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles told the board that a person apparently intentionally jumped in front of train.

Metro said 200 train operators and station managers have been trained on suicide intervention, but the agency hopes to train 896 by 2013.

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