Man in wheelchair on tracks rescued
A man using a motorized wheelchair fell onto the tracks at Anacostia station last night at about 7:45, We Love DC reported.
Four customers waiting on the platform jumped onto the tracks to help--but at least as importantly, others flagged down the incoming train in time for it to stop. The man (who a Metro spokesman told We Love DC "smelled strongly of alcohol") was taken to the hospital with a cut over his eye.
The third rail was temporarily de-energized, but Metro says the incident was over within ten minutes and caused only a five-minute delay for one train.
In January, the Washington Post told the story of a wheelchair-bound woman who crashed onto the tracks at Union Station and was rescued, weeks after a blind man was killed after he walked onto the Gallery Place trackbed.
And video of a man bounding over the third rail to come to the aid of a fallen passenger at Virginia Square was released last month.
Intercoms are available throughout stations that can be used for contacting the station manager, who can stop incoming trains.
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