Woman killed by Orange Line train in latest suicide

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Updated, 2:50 p.m.: Metro reopened service at the Ballston station and resumed operations along the Orange Line at 2:45 p.m., after a more than three-hour closure due to a suicide. The transit agency was having trains share a single track between the Va. Square and East Falls Church as crews cleaned up the area and police continued to investigate.

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Updated, 12:15 p.m.: The woman who jumped in front of an Orange Line train at Ballston station has died, according to Metro.

The transit agency suspended service between the Va. Square and East Falls Church stations as rescue workers responded to the suicide. But Metro officials were hoping to restart service on a single track soon.

The woman's suicide was the first of 2013 on the system, but the cases are not unusual. In 2012, five people killed themselves via Metro train while six others survived suicide attempts.

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11:59 a.m.: Original post: A woman was hit by a train Monday at the Ballston station in what appears to be the latest suicide attempt on the transit system.

The woman intentionally placed herself in the path of the inbound Orange Line train at 11:29 a.m., according to Metro.

Her condition was not immediately available but rescue workers were on the scene.

Service was suspended between the Virginia Square and East Falls Church stations. Metro officials were dispatching shuttle buses to connect riders to affected stops.

kweir@washingtonexaminer.com

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