Metro customer falls onto tracks, is helped to safety by fellow riders

A woman waiting for a Metro train in the Farragut West Station on Tuesday afternoon fell into a track bed after she apparently fainted on a platform and was helped to safety by others in the station, causing a slight delay of service on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines, a transit authority spokesman said.

The unidentified woman, who was standing on the platform for eastbound passengers, apparently lost consciousness at 3:24 p.m. and fell onto tracks that carry Orange Line trains toward New Carrollton and Blue Line and Silver Line trains toward Largo Town Center, spokesman Philip Stewart said. He said “customers helped her back up” and she was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

A train that entered the station during the commotion was able to stop before reaching the point where the woman had fallen, Stewart said. He said eastbound service on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines was delayed for about four minutes.

Paul Duggan covers the Metro system and transportation issues for The Washington Post.
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