Man struck and killed by Metro train

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 17, 2009; 6:15 AM

McPherson Square Station reopened Tuesday morning after being closed for several hours Monday night because a man was struck and killed by a Metro train, authorities said.

The man apparently climbed or jumped onto the tracks before being struck about 8:35 p.m. by a Blue Line train that was headed toward Franconia-Springfield, a Metro spokeswoman said.

She said several witnesses reported seeing "a person intentionally place himself in the path of an oncoming train."

As of early October, at least eight people had jumped in front of Metro trains in 2009. The number is the most in recent years.

The man who died Monday night was not immediately identified.

The station, at 1400 I St. NW, was closed after the incident, starting at 9:07 p.m., and trains were going through without stopping, Metro said. Metro said shuttle bus service was provided around the affected station.

McPherson Square reopened at 5 a.m. Tuesday, when the rail system begins its daily operation.

Relatively few people were in the station at the time of the incident. One person who was on the mezzanine reported hearing screams from the platform area and the screech of brakes as the train operator tried to stop.

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