Man struck and killed by Red Line train

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A man was killed by a Red Line train at the Rockville station Saturday morning after he stepped into its path, according to officials.

An adult male "intentionally placed himself" in front of a train traveling north in the direction of the Shady Grove station, and was struck at 11:17 a.m., according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials responding to the scene determined upon their arrival that the man was dead

Train service was stopped at Rockville for roughly 30 minutes before trains began single tracking on the southbound tracks of the station, between Shady Grove and Twinbrook.

The incident further slowed service on the Red Line, which was already experiencing delays due to weekend-long track work between the NoMa-Gallaudet U station and Fort Totten.

Full service was restored about 2:15 p.m. after a state medical examiner arrived at the scene and the man's body was extracted from the tracks.

The man, described only as a white male believed to be in his 50s or 60s, was taken to the state medical examiner's office.

As of Saturday afternoon, officials had yet to positively identify the man. If medical examiners determine the man's death was a suicide he will not be publicly identified. It is Metro policy not to disclose the names of suicide victims, only their ages and places of residence.

More than 60 people have committed suicide on the Metro system since 2005, according to Metro.

That figure does not include attempted suicides -- nearly one-third of people survive being struck by a train.

Metro officials met earlier this year to discuss ways to lower the number of suicides throughout the system, an effort that has been delayed since the transit agency announced the program in 2009.

Metro plans to have 896 train operators and station managers trained to watch for suicidal riders and intervene to prevent harm by the end of 2012.

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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