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Injuries, arrests after massive 70-person Metro brawl

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By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 7, 2010; 12:46 AM

At least four people were injured and three arrested late Friday night after a brawl in the Metro system involving as many as 70 people, a Metro spokeswoman said.

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The brawl apparently began about 11 p.m. at the Gallery Place station and then continued in the L'Enfant Plaza station, according to Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato.

Transit police were called to Gallery Place in Northwest Washington where a disorderly group was reported, she said. Then police were sent to the L'Enfant Plaza station two stops away in Southwest, where a fight was reported on the platform for Green and Yellow Line trains.

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She said two persons under 18 were arrested along with one adult. Of the injured, she said two were juveniles and two were adults. One of the adults was reported early Saturday to be in serious condition. At one point, a spokesman for the D.C. fire and emergency services department said as many as seven people were being examined for possible injury.

It was not immediately known what prompted the fighting.

A preliminary account indicated that there was a possible injury at the Anacostia Metro station about the same time. Officials said they were trying to determine whether that incident was connected to the brawl.


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