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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.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 4, 2010; 10:19 AM ET
Categories:  Green Line, Metro  
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Serious question, not snarking: will the platform intercoms be of any use if a station manager isn't in his kiosk? Some stations are quite large with a lot of "wander room" where the station manager might be.

Posted by: EtoilePB | November 4, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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