Man Killed by Train After Getting on Metro Tracks

By Lena Sun and Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, December 17, 2008; 12:53 PM

A man was fatally injured this morning after putting himself in the path of an oncoming Metrorail train at the Shady Grove, Metro officials said.

Red Line service was disrupted for about two hours after the incident, with trains traveling in both directions forced to share a single track.

The train was headed to Glenmont when it hit the man about 9:50 a.m., officials said. In a news release, Metro said the man "intentionally placed himself" on the tracks.

About 20 minutes after the man was struck, rescue crews pulled him, alive, from underneath the train and took him to a hospital. He later died of his injuries,

Trains shared a single track between the Shady Grove, Rockville and Twinbrook Metro stations, causing delays.

Metro transported more than 350 passengers among those stations on shuttle buses, before restoring normal service shortly after noon.


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