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Man struck by Orange Line train dies

Noon Update: The main man struck by an Orange Line train at Minnesota Avenue early Sunday morning has died, according to a Metro press release.

The statement described the man as 28 years old but did not provide any additional details about the victim or the circumstances of his death. Metro Transit Police continue to investigate, the statement said.

8:35 a.m. Update: D.C. Fire/EMS spokesman Pete Piringer says the man was transported to an area trauma center as a "priority one" in "grave condition" "with serious life-threatening injuries."

The man was trapped under the midway point of a train and required an extremely "technical" rescue.

D.C. Fire/EMS responded to a call about 3:15 a.m., Piringer said.

Original post: A man was struck by a Metro train early Sunday at the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station. The accident occurred about 2:55 a.m., according to a Metro statement, which said "his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening" based on preliminary reports.

The Orange Line train was headed toward New Carrollton.

The rail system closes at 3 a.m., so Metro said there was little disruption to customer service. The station reportedly opened on time for service Sunday morning.

Metro's statement did not say how the man came to be on the tracks, but Metro Transit Police are investigating.

Check back for more details as they become available.

By Michael Bolden  | July 4, 2010; 7:58 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Metro, Orange Line  
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a Metro statement, which said "his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening" based on preliminary reports.

transported to an area trauma center as a "priority one" in "grave condition" "with serious life-threatening injuries."

The main struck by an Orange Line train at Minnesota Avenue early Sunday morning has died, according to a Metro press release.

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Good thing Metro is on top of things...

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | July 5, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I know his brother. He was a law student and a good man. I pray that his family does not read the Metro releases. They are so callous.

The first release reads "there was minimal impact to rail service...buses were available to shuttle customers around the disruption."

I do not expect news agencies and Metro staff to be equipped to write compelling sentiments. But, he was a man loved by many and to label a fatal accident as a "disruption" with "minimal impact" is insane.

Shame on news agencies like Fox and Channel 9 for running the release almost verbatim, and shame on the Metro for writing this.

Posted by: sara72 | July 5, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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