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Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Woman struck by Metro train at U Street station; expect delays

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A woman was struck by a Metro train at the U Street station on the Green/Yellow line around 2:10 p.m. Thursday, a transit agency official said.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the woman appears to have intentionally placed herself in front of the train. Trains are single-tracking between Georgia Avenue and Mt. Vernon Square. Riders should expect delays in both directions. Shuttle bus service is being provided from Columbia Heights.

The rescue operation was completed just before 3 p.m., and the woman was taken to MedStar, Stessel said. He had no reports on her condition.

Metro reported there were nine attempted suicides in 2001 — seven of those were fatal. In 2009, there were 11, and all were fatal. In 2010, there were six with four fatal. The woman who was struck Thursday makes the sixth person so far this year to intentionally place herself in front of a train. Three of the six incidents this year have been fatal.

Metro has been trying to train more of its employees in suicide-prevention. It had trained nearly 400 station managers and train operators as of April, Stessel said.

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