Woman falls on top of Orange Line train in apparent suicide attempt

November 24, 2013

A woman fell on top of a moving train early Sunday morning on the Orange Line at Eastern Market station in what Metro officials said appeared to be a suicide attempt. She suffered minor injuries.

The woman rode on top of the New Carrolton-bound train for one stop to Potomac Avenue where police and emergency crews got her off and she was taken to a hospital.

She suffered minor injuries to her thigh and hand, Metro officials said. She also underwent a mental health evaluation.

The woman apparently got on top of the train from a four-foot tall wall on the mezzanine level that overlooks the tracks at Eastern Market. Trains were delayed for 12 minutes because of the incident, Metro officials said.

Correction: An earlier version of this post inaccurately said the train was on the Blue Line. It has been corrected.

 

Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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