Woman Hit, Fatally Injured by Metro Bus

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, February 18, 2007

A pedestrian was struck by a Metro bus and fatally injured late last night in the Congress Heights area of Southeast Washington, officials said.

The woman, who was believed to be in her 20s, was struck by a bus on the W2 route about 10:30 p.m., on Congress Street near the Congress Heights Metro Station and St. Elizabeths Hospital, according to the D.C. fire department and Metro officials.

The incident came three days after two women were fatally injured when they were hit by a Metro bus at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. That was at least the third fatal incident involving pedestrians and Metro buses in eight months.

It prompted Metro's new general manager John B. Catoe Jr. to announce that all 2,400 of the system's bus drivers will get safety training each year.

First reports suggested that wintry conditions may have contributed to last night's incident. A Metro spokeswoman said that the woman was walking on or around ice or snow when she stepped into the path of the bus. Rescuers administered CPR on the way to a hospital.

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