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Woman struck by Metro train in Bethesda

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Updated, 1:22 p.m.

A woman struck by a train at the Bethesda Metro station this morning has “serious...non-life threatening injuries,” but has not died, said Assistant Montgomery Fire Chief Scott Graham.

Earlier, the fire department reported the woman had died from her injuries.

Metro is investigating the incident.

Updated 11:11 a.m.

Metro is no longer reporting delays on the Red Line.

9:09 A.M. Update:

A woman was struck and killed by a Metro train at the Bethesda station shortly before 8 a.m., Montgomery County fire officials said.

Riders should expect Red Line delays throughout the morning commute, according to Metro officials. Trains are single-tracking between the Friendship Heights and Medical Center stations.

The woman placed herself in front of the train, according to preliminary indications, said Steven Taubenkibel, a Metro spokesman. She was struck at 7:49 a.m.

8:30 A.M. Update:

Trains are still backed up in both directions on the Red Line, with delays and congested station platforms reported along that route.

WTOP is reporting that the person hit by a train was a woman.

Metro tweeted a few minutes ago that early indications are that the person intentionally placed herself in front of the train, the person was intentionally struck by the train , but we don’t have any further confirmation on that.

We have multiple calls in to Metro and will report when we hear back.

--Mark Berman

8:18 A.M. Update:

Shortly before 8 a.m., Montgomery County Fire and Rescue units were called to the Bethesda Metro station because a person had reportedly thrown themselves in front of a train. Their units are still on the scene and trains are single-tracking through the station.

--Mark Berman

8:09 A.M. Update:

A person was struck by a train at the Bethesda station, according to Metro. Trains are sharing the same track between Medical Center and Friendship Heights.

--Mark Berman

Original Post:

There are big Red Line delays in both directions, according to multiple commuters. The Post’s Victoria Benning reports that an announcement was made that someone was struck by a train at the Bethesda station. We’ll update when we have more information.

--Mark Berman

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.


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