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Man hit by Metro train after he intentionally lay on the tracks

A man suffered minor injuries Monday night after lying on the Metro tracks as a train arrived at the Ballston Metro station, transit officials said.

The incident happened when an Orange Line train entered the station and the 44-year-old man entered the track area about 9:40 p.m., said Caroline Lukas, a Metro spokeswoman. The train’s driver spotted the man and hit the emergency brakes to try to avoid hitting him.

The man suffered lacerations to his hands and he was treated at the scene by medics for injuries considered to be non-life threatening, Lukas said.

Officials reduced train traffic to a single track for about an hour because of the incident.

This is the third incident in which a person intentionally lay on the tracks within the past four days.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.


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