2 Men Are Injured in Separate Incidents at Metro Stations

By Martin Weil and Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A man in his 60s was pushed into the side of an arriving train during a dispute in a District Metro station yesterday. In an unrelated incident in another station, a man in a wheelchair rolled off the platform onto the track bed, authorities said.

In the first incident, which occurred at the Gallery Place Station about 6:30 a.m., a dispute broke out after one man apparently accused another of walking into his path and cutting him off.

As a Green Line train "was pulling into the station," the victim was shoved into its side, said Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates.

A 62-year-old man with a cut arm and swollen wrist and forehead was taken to a hospital. When police arrived, the assailant had apparently left, Gates said.

The other incident occurred about four hours later at the Southern Avenue Station, where a man got off a train in a wheelchair.

According to a preliminary account, Gates said, he had been asleep on the train and might have fallen asleep again on the platform, although details were unavailable.

Gates said the wheelchair apparently rolled backward, off the platform and onto the track bed.

Third-rail power was cut off, and emergency workers, alerted by rail patrons, got the man and the chair off the track.

He was taken to a hospital with a head injury. He was "very lucky," Gates said.

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