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Cautious train operator made report

1:10 p.m. Update: Cautiontyson.gif by a Metro train operator led to a report of a possible person on the tracks, a sign of Metro's heightened safety awareness, according to Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. No one was found, she said.

Farbstein said the operator of a Red Line train operating between Rhode Island and Brookland stations "saw something and thought it might be a person" on the tracks. He radioed the Operations Control Center and Metro Transit Police were called to investigate. "Nothing was found," Farbstein said. "This is part of our safety culture. Everybody did the right thing. Happy ending."

Trains were held for some time during the incident, but there are
no delays currently, Farbstein said.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

1:05 p.m. Update: Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff says transit police investigated and found no unauthorized person on the tracks.

12:55 p.m. Update: Metro says the situation has been resolved but delays continue.

12:33 p.m. Update: Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said trains are single-tracking between the two stations. Shuttle bus service has been requested as a precaution, she said.

Original post: Metro reports that there are delays on the Red Line due to an unauthorized person on the track bed between Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA stations. Shuttle bus service has been requested.

By Michael Bolden  | October 29, 2010; 12:27 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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