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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Man struck and killed by train at White Flint

[This post has been updated]

A man was struck and killed by a Red Line train Monday morning, according to Metro chief spokesman Dan Stessel.

Stessel said Metro believes the man intentionally jumped in front of the train at the White Flint station shortly after 10 a.m.

Trains single-tracked for about two and a half hours between Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations. White Flint was temporarily closed while rescue crews responded, and Metro activated shuttle bus service. Traffic on Route 355 northbound was also delayed, due to the emergency response at the station.

Metro has been trying to deal with incidents of people intentionally jumping in front of trains by training more of its staff. That effort has been slow-going. Metro has trained 200 train operators and station managers but hopes to train 896 by 2013.

It was the second reported suicide on the Metro system this month.

At the last Metro board meeting on March 8 — just as staff was discussing Metro’s attempts to discourage attempted suicides and provide help — a man in his 50s was struck and killed by a train on the Orange Line at the Foggy Bottom stop.

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11:05 a.m. Update: The man struck by the train at White Flint has died, according to Metro chief spokesman Dan Stessel.

Trains continue to single-track between Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations.

11:01 a.m. Update: Metro reports that White Flint station has reopened.

11a.m. Update: Drivers on northbound Route 355 are also affected due to the emergency response at the station. According to WTOP Traffic, only one lane gets by.

10:45 a.m. update: Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the Montgomery County Fire Department is requesting that Metro close the White Flint station as a rescue operation is underway. Stessel said trains will continue to pass through the station without stopping. Shuttle bus service will be provided between Grovesnor and Twinbrook.

10:40 a.m. Update: The victim is an adult male, spokesman Dan Stessel said.

10:35 a.m. Update: Metro reports that the White Flint station is temporarily closed.

Metro says trains are single-tracking between Twinbrook and Grosvenor. Every other train is turning back to Silver Spring/Glenmont. Original post: A person was struck mid-morning Monday at the White Flint station, according to Dan Stessel, Metro’s chief spokesman.

Riders should expect delays in both directions.

Metro has been trying to deal with incidents of people intentionally jumping in front of trains by training more of its staff. That effort has been slow-going. Metro has trained 200 train operators and station managers but hopes to train 896 by 2013.

At the last Metro board meeting on March 8 — just as staff was discussing attempted suicides — a man in his 50s was struck and killed by a train on the Orange Line at the Foggy Bottom stop.

Follow me on Twitter @postmetrogirl.

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