Woman unharmed after jumping onto Metro tracks

A woman jumped onto the tracks at the Dupont Circle station Thursday night, but the train operator stopped the train without hitting her, Metro officials said.

The incident happened on the Red Line platform for outbound trains toward Glenmont about 7 p.m., said Steven Taubenkibel, a Metro spokesman. As the train pulled into the station, the driver was able to stop and the woman was not injured, he said.

A rail supervisor removed the woman from the tracks and she was taken to a hospital for mental evaluation, Taubenkibel said.

Train service was only interrupted for about 10 minutes, he said. The incident is under investigation, Metro said.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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