Man hit by D.C. Metro train dies of injuries

By Lisa Rein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 31, 2009

A blind Rockville man who was hit by a Red Line train after tumbling from the platform at a downtown station died of his injuries Wednesday, Metro officials said in a statement.

Transit officials said the man's impairment might have caused him to fall onto the tracks about 7:30 a.m. Sunday as a train heading toward Shady Grove was pulling into the Gallery Place-Chinatown Station. Metro is withholding the name of the 48-year-old man because of privacy concerns. He had been taken to a hospital, where he was reported in critical condition this week.

Metro Transit Police are continuing to investigate the accident, spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. Police were unable to interview the man before he died.

According to Metro, at least three other train riders fell to the tracks this year in what appeared to be accidents. They include a man in a wheelchair who rolled off a platform onto the track bed last summer at the Southern Avenue Station, injuring his head; a 22-year-old man who was struck by a train and killed at the East Falls Church Station in March; and a woman who was rescued from the Gallery Place tracks, escaping with minor injuries, during the presidential inauguration in January.

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