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Red Line single-tracking lifted after man fatally struck at Farragut North [UPDATED]

Update, 3:35 p.m.: 

Metro reports the Red Line delays cleared and normal service resumed shortly after 3:20 p.m. 

Update, 2:38 p.m.:

Trains are no longer single-tracking on the Red Line. Metro reports that residual delays should linger until about 3:20 p.m., but that service should be back to normal for the evening commute. 

Original post:

Red Line trains are single-tracking between Dupont Circle and Judiciary Square after a 24-year-old man was struck and killed by a train at the Farragut North station. The man was hit by a train heading to Shady Grove shortly before 11 a.m.

All stations are open, but expect delays in both directions. The man appears to have intentionally jumped in front of the train, according to Metro. 

The single-tracking remains in place as of 2:20 p.m. Metro reports that it will be cleared up before the evening commute. 

Red Line trains were briefly skipping the Farragut North station, but they are stopping there again. Trains at Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Metro Center, Gallery Place and Judiciary Square are all boarding on the side usually used by trains heading to Glenmont. 

Trains also temporarily shared a track on the Orange and Blue Lines between McPherson Square and Foggy Bottom as a result of the situation at Farragut North. That single-tracking began at 11:50 a.m. and ended shortly after 12:20 p.m., according to Metro. 

This was because officials had to cut power on a short stretch of the lines to let emergency responders access the tracks. There is a physical connection between the Red, Orange and Blue Lines in this area, so cutting the power on this stretch of the Red Line means cutting it on the Orange and Blue Lines as well.

The situation at Farragut North also created delays on the roads around the station. Connecticut Avenue NW was closed between L and K streets NW before reopening shortly before 1 p.m., according to the D.C. police. 

Metro began rolling out a long-discussed suicide prevention program last month and has been training rail operators and station managers in how to identify suicidal behavior. 

This post has been updated. First published: 11:13 a.m. 

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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