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Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Person struck by train at Rockville

By Washington Post Editors

Video of the scene outside Rockville Station. (By Lisa Bolton/The Post)

Video link for mobile devices

Video interview with emergency official by Dan Morse

6:27 p.m. Update: Metro says the Red Line delays have been cleared after a man was struck by a Glenmont-bound train earlier Friday.

Authorities say the man was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being pinned on the tracks for 35 minutes. Crews lifted the train with airbags and other equipment to free the man, police said.

Rockville station closed for about 40 minutes, and trains single-tracked between Shady Grove and Twinbrook for most of the afternoon, causing delays along the Red Line.

5:28 p.m. Update: Metro says operations in Rockville have finally returned to normal, with trains operating on both tracks. Expect the delays to continue while service resumes its normal rhythm.

4:55 p.m. Update: Metro reports that trains are still single-tracking. Still no estimate on when normal service will resume.

3:52 p.m. Update: Activity at the station otherwise seems to have returned to normal, with people entering and exiting the station and waiting for buses. A police cruiser is parked near the entrance, Lisa Bolton reports.

If you're traveling on the line, what are you experiencing?

3:50 p.m. Update: Lisa Bolton reports that three men in day-glo vests are standing on the track in the area where the man was struck. Metro says trains are still single-tracking.

3:30 p.m. Update: As we near prime commuting hours, Red Line trains are still single-tracking between Shady Grove and Twinbrook. Spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said there is no estimate on when normal service may resume.

"We're still out there," he said.

3 p.m. Update: Single-tracking continues on the Red Line.

If you're traveling on the line, what are you experiencing?

2:20 p.m. Update: Trains continue to single-track. Lisa Bolton reports that the last firetruck has left the scene.

2:03 p.m. Update: Traffic now appears to be moving through the "Kiss and Ride" area, Lisa Bolton reports. Trains are still single-tracking, though.

1:50 p.m. Update: According to preliminary police reports, the man intentionally placed himself in the path of the train, said Metro spokesman Angela Gates.

Red Line trains continue to single-track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook.

1:37 p.m. Update: Lisa Bolton reports that yellow tape is being erected around the scene, but the crowd of officials has dispersed.

Rockville Station has reopened.

1:34 p.m. Update: Capt. Garcia tells the Post's Dan Morse that the man struck by the train was transported to the hospital at 1:20 p.m.

The man's leg was pinned beneath the train, and crews took 35 minutes to extricate him using air bags and wood cribbing to lift the train. The man was conscious and talking to rescue workers, Garcia said.

Metro Transit Police will investigate, he added.

1:25 p.m. Update: Rockville Station remains closed with trains passing through without stopping. A bus bridge has been established to help passengers travel from Shady Grove to Twinbrook.

1:10 p.m. Update: Brunswick Line service for the Maryland Area Regional Commuter service has not been affected by the accident, the Maryland Transit Administration says. However, passengers who use Metro for portions of their trips should allow extra time.

1:05 p.m. Update: Emergency responders freed the person from the train at 12:59 p.m., according to Capt. Oscar Garcia, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Station.

The individual is being treated at the station for serious, potentially life-threatening injuries, he said. Information about the person's identity was not immediately available.

-- Dan Morse

1 p.m. Update: Lisa Bolton reports that police are allowing cars to turn right onto Veirs Mill Road from Rockville Pike, but they are not allowing drivers to pull into the station.

12:48 p.m. Update: Metro says the station is now closed. Trains are passing through without stopping, and shuttle bus service is being activated to ferry riders from Shady Grove to Twinbrook via Rockville.

Montgomery County bureau manager Lisa Bolton reports that police cars are now blocking the entrance to the Rockville "Kiss and Ride" area from Rockville Pike.

Original post: A person has been struck by a train at Rockville Station, according to Metro. Trains are single-tracking between Shady Grove and Twinbrook.

According to the Post's Lisa Bolton, four fire trucks and another emergency vehicle have pulled up to Rockville Station. Bolton reports that the train is stopped about a third of the way into the station with several officials on the scene. (The Post's Montgomery County bureau overlooks the station, and a reporter is en route).

Metro spokesman Lisa Farbstein said Metro received the report at 12:21 p.m., and the accident occurred on the Glenmont-bound tracks. The station remains open, she said.

By Washington Post Editors  | March 4, 2011; 12:31 PM ET
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Comments

Any idea how this impacts the red line not going up as far as Rockville? I understand single-tracking delays things but isn't it just outbound trains stay on their track and inbound trains wait outside Rockville for the outbound side to clear, change over to outbound side, pass through Rockville, and change back in inbound side?

Posted by: r6345 | March 4, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

How many people have to be struck and killed by Metro trains before Metro does something about it? The lack of action is unconscionable, and it disrupts service during the busiest time of day. The subway systems in Las Vegas and Japan have safety barriers that prevent riders from falling on the tracks. More and more people are being killed by trains in the DC area, and it will get worse unless Metro takes action.
"But Metro is currently paying an untold amount of money for every additional death. In addition to cleanup of the scene and counseling for train operators whose trains hit the jumpers, the deaths disrupt service and often force the agency to run free shuttle buses for riders to get around shuttered stations."
-Washington Examiner, July 1, 2010

Posted by: NelsNCO | March 4, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

NelsNCo - If someone wants to commit suicide, placing safety barriers isn't going to stop them. They will get on the tracks regardless. And let's be clear, this person deliberately got on the tracks - he didn't fall there by accident, as you seem to imply.

That said, I sure wish these people would try to kill themselves in other ways - the trauma to the subway car driver and the passengers/those on the station platform of watching someone so publicly try to kill themselves is really too much. And let's not even talk about the impact on the transportation system every time this happens. I'm sorry but if you want to kill yourself, don't let your action inconvenience others. And get help before you get to the point of killing yourself. Sheesh.

Posted by: B-rod | March 4, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

NelsNCO wrote:
"How many people have to be struck and killed by Metro trains before Metro does something about it? The lack of action is unconscionable, and it disrupts service during the busiest time of day. The subway systems in Las Vegas and Japan have safety barriers that prevent riders from falling on the tracks. More and more people are being killed by trains in the DC area, and it will get worse unless Metro takes action."
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Instead of people complaining about what Metro should do (and I don't disagree that they should take some type of action)...but here's an idea...EXERCISE SELF-CONTROL.

This situation is unfortunate, but the studded area near the end of the platform is there for a reason...to warn passengers that they are too close to the edge. If you decide to step closer and closer to the edge and you slip, how is that Metro's fault???? No one needs to lean over to look down the tracks/tunnel to see if the train is coming. They have timers displayed and the platform lights blink when trains are inbound.

Secondly, with all the fights and attacks, yes Metro can step up security...but again...how about this...PARENTS, raise your children with the appropriate expectations and let it be known that disregard/disrespect for their surroundings,adults, and authority won't be tolerated AND have punishment to back it up. Know who your children associate with and where they are at all times. If you don't like the way another child behaves then make sure YOUR child understands the consequences of being around that person and do your best to keep them separate. If your child gets arrested for doing something they clearly know was wrong...don't immediately bail them out...let them sit behind bars for a little while and maybe, just maybe it'll sink in (I'd do it to my children). DO NOT ALLOW these underage children to be out roaming the city however they wish without audlt supervision. If you teach children the correct way at home 9 times out of 10, they won't go out in public and act out.

Seems real simple to me.

Posted by: thinkaboutitfirst | March 4, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

We need to help people who want to commit suicide. By help I don't mean some counselor saying "my life is perfect what is your problem?". We need to help people who want to end their life end it with dignity. Otherwise it is going to be the METRO.

Posted by: alterego3 | March 4, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"Any idea how this impacts the red line not going up as far as Rockville?"

There's going to be an impact across the whole line. The single tracking is from Shady Grove to Twinbrook and will affect trains entering service out of the Shady Grove rail yard. Uneven/longer wait times for trains is probably a given.

Posted by: Mainland | March 4, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse


An easy, feasible way to prevent this from happening is to bill the deceased's immediate family for clean up costs and delays.

The people to commit suicide using the metro are disgustingly selfish and self-centered.

Posted by: kenk33 | March 4, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

An easy, feasible way to prevent this from happening is to provide "suicide centers" where people who no longer want to live are gently put to sleep.

Posted by: alterego3 | March 4, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

On train now. They are not servicing the Rockville station. They are going straight by to shady grove.

Posted by: kdin08 | March 4, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

An easy, feasible way to prevent this from happening is to bill the deceased's immediate family for clean up costs and delays.
The people to commit suicide using the metro are disgustingly selfish and self-centered.
Posted by: kenk33
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WTF? Seriously? You are an idiot.

Posted by: overed | March 4, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

An easy, feasible way to prevent this from happening is to bill the deceased's immediate family for clean up costs and delays.
The people to commit suicide using the metro are disgustingly selfish and self-centered.
Posted by: kenk33
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WTF? Seriously? You are an idiot.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Yes, but we all are. Let's just try 2 be more 'idiots 2gether again' vs. 'idiots alone and feeling/seeming not so lively + alive any more.

I think this is meant 2 be sad/mad sardonic sarcasm, man.

Is a hard feeling. Very hard and destructive.

I know this because I feel/felt this way sometimes (and have soul-thrashed-crashed-flatlined often).

Is a kinds of cold, resentful rage, methinks.

Is an infinite-jesting-now-so-crying-now-raging-now-empty-now-laughing-again-alone-now, etcet.

Yes, this is awful sad/mad/glad/etcy ppl, stop trying 2 kill urselves. Stay with us now and laugh again at it all. Please, u precious man/woman/teen/tween/child/etcet.

U just pull harder now, upward 2gether with rest of us.

Just feel hope that this person will be okay.

I do.

(via all my selves/senses/feelings i've tried 2 destroy + recreate 4 many ages)

<3<3<3

(means 3 love hearts turned sideways)

me, all of us

come back now 2 us

will be okay

will 'figure it all right'

u/we/they/etcy are all okay...

just believe again, try now.

GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!
!!
!

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | March 5, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

"Ah fought the Metro train and the train won ..."

Posted by: slipuvalad | March 5, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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