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Woman struck by train at Rhode Island Avenue Metro station

Update, 4:41 p.m.: Metro reports that trains are no longer single tracking and that regular service has resumed.

Original post: A woman has been struck by a Red Line train at the Rhode Island Avenue station, the transit authority said this afternoon. Trains are delayed in both directions on the early side of rush hour along Metro’s most heavily traveled line. Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said officials hope to restore normal service by about 5 p.m.

Trains are sharing a track between the Rhode Island Avenue and NoMa-Gallaudet stations, but delays extend along the line in both directions. Inbound trains are bypassing the Rhode Island Avenue and NoMa stations to reduce delays at the most-heavily used stations, Stessel said.

Stessel said an inbound train struck a woman who apparently intentionally placed herself in the train’s path. She was receiving medical attention and was reported to be conscious and breathing, Stessel said.

While Metro is hoping for an early restoration of Red Line service, the transit authority noted some Metrobus alternatives: Route P6 between Rhode Island Avenue and Gallery Place, Route 83/86 to College Park via Prince George’s Plaza.

Some homeward-bound riders already in the rail system could take the Green Line in the direction of Greenbelt and transfer to the Red Line at Fort Totten.

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