A District of Columbia man was killed yesterday after he jumped in front of and was struck by a Metro train entering the Farragut West station in downtown Washington, D.C. police reported.

D.C. homicide detectives, who were withholding the man's name pending notification of relatives, tentatively described the victim as a 19-year-old Hispanic resident of the city.

According to an account given by the train's driver, who police said was the only known witness to the incident, the man jumped from the platform in front of the Blue Line train as it entered the station shortly before 5 p.m., headed for Addison Road.

Although the driver said he applied the brakes, he was unable to avoid hitting the man, police said. The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was found under the third car of the train, according to a Metro spokesman.

Subway service was interrupted between the Orange and Blue lines' Rosslyn and McPherson Square stations for more than three hours. Passengers were bused around the affected stations until service was resumed, about 8:30 p.m., the Metro spokesman said.

The man was believed to be the sixth person to die after being struck by Metro trains. In July, an Alexandria man who had jumped in front of a train at the Farragut West station narrowly escaped death when a Metro transit police officer wrestled him out of the path of an oncoming train.