Man injured when Red Line Metro train hits, drags him

Local,Transportation,Kytja Weir

Update, 12:15 p.m.: The man who was hit by a Red Line train appears to have intentionally put himself into the path of the train, according to Metro, in the latest suicide attempt at the transit agency.

According to video from Union Station, the man took "several purposeful" steps toward the train as it came into the station, said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel. He was hit by the front side of the lead car, then hit by multiple trailing cars and dragged along the platform. He cut his leg on the granite platform edge, Stessel said, among other injuries.

The station is equipped with lit signs encouraging suicidal riders to seek help, part of Metro's new campaign to reduce suicide attempts via train.

Metro resumed service on both tracks around 12:08 p.m. after cleaning up the platform.


Update, 11:55 a.m.: The man who was struck by a Red Line train Monday was transported to a local trauma center with serious injures, according to D.C. Fire & EMS Battalion Chief Brian Lee. The man was initially hit around 10:54 a.m., he said.

Trains were continuing to share a single track between NoMa-Gallaudet and Judiciary Square stations to keep riders off that area of the Union Station platform.


A man was hit by a Red Line train around 11 a.m. at Union Station, causing the station to be shut down while crews rescued the man.

The man was apparently hit by the side of the Shady Grove-bound Red Line train, said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel. The man appeared to have injured his leg.

It was not clear why the man was struck by the train, including whether he jumped, was pushed or fell. Stessel said Metro is investigating.

Metro funneled all trains past the station until 11:21 a.m. but then forced trains to share a single track through the station. The agency set up a bus shuttle to connect riders between the adjacent NoMa-Gallaudet and Judiciary Square stations.

Stay tuned for updates.

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