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Normal Red Line service restored after man struck, dragged by train

12:23 p.m. update: Red Line trains are no longer single-tracking, though there are some residual delays in both directions. 

An adult male appeared to intentionally try and get in front of a Red Line train bound for Shady Grove at 10:50 a.m., said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

Surveillance videos show the man standing several feet from the edge of the platform until the train arrived, at which point he took several steps toward the platform’s edge and the train, Stessel said. 

The man didn’t make it onto the track bed or wind up underneath the train. Instead, he was struck by the front of the train and pushed along the platform until the train stopped. He was essentially caught between the train and the platform edge, Stessel said. 

The man sustained a severe leg injury and several other injuries, according to Stessel. 

11:23 a.m. update: Metro trains are servicing Union Station again. However, trains are still single-tracking between Judiciary Square and NoMa.

Original post: Red Line trains are not stopping at Union Station after a rider was hit by a train arriving at the station. The rider was not on the tracks, but his right leg was struck by the arriving train. Medical personnel are on the scene.

The incident, which happened shortly before 11 a.m., involved a Red Line train heading to Shady Grove. “It appears to be intentional at this point,” said Metro spokesman Philip Stewart.

Metro is providing shuttle bus service between the Judiciary Square and NoMa stations, Stewart said. There’s no timetable on when the station will reopen.

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



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