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Man Hit, Killed by Metro Train at Shady Grove

Update, 12:42 p.m.: Service on the Red Line is reportedly back to normal.

Update, 11:21 a.m.: WTOP is reporting the man has died.

Original post: Red Line riders are facing delays this morning after a man was hit by a train at the Shady Grove station, Metro officials said. The train was headed to Glenmont when it hit the man at around 9:50 a.m.

Early reports from witnesses say the man jumped on the tracks. About 20 minutes later, rescue crews removed the man, who was alive, from underneath the train and transported him to a local hospital.

There is limited service at Shady Grove, Rockville and Twinbrook Metrorail stations, with trains in both direction sharing a single track. Metro has set up a shuttle bus service to help transport passengers. Passengers can expect delays throughout morning as Metro continues to investigate.

-- Lena Sun

By Mike McPhate  |  December 17, 2008; 11:02 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Metro , Safety  
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Comments

At least when you drive you can bypass an affected route....

Posted by: indep2 | December 17, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why people keep doing this. Stop jumping on the Metro tracks! If you really feel that you have to try and kill yourself, please find a way to do it that will not affect hundreds, maybe thousands of other people. That is an incredibly selfish way to commit suicide.

Posted by: SweetieJ | December 17, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Wow... so far, the comments have been incredibly sensitive.

You're right, how thoughtless of the man with no desire to live to affect the morning commute of others. You'd think he wasn't in his right mind!

Come on, folks. A man is dead.

Posted by: ReadReadRead | December 17, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

This guy not only pissed off hundreds of people by his little selfish display, he didn't even succeed at dying. Pretty pathetic.

Posted by: fake1 | December 17, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

to SweetieJ and fake1: you hear stories about awful people all the time but it is still shocking when you see/read it. It's nice that you are able to hide behind some goofy nickname here and not get called out personally for your awful comments. enjoy the shame of saying what you said. i hope it tastes good cuz it'll stay for a while.

you'll notice that the man was "nice enough" to do this after the rush hour time frame. but it's all about you, isn't it?

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | December 17, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

there is no shame in publicly admitting that there is no glamour to suicide; sweetieJ and fake1 are right on! The Jumper was willing to splatter his blood and guts all over a metro station and metro train--in front of whoever happened to be there. Would you have liked to watch that, DreamOutLoud? How about if your kids saw it happen? The Jumper was a jerk, and deserves no pity for his selfishness and obscenity.

Posted by: ChetArthur | December 17, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Sweetie-Sweetums-THERE'S ONLY ONE THING TO SAY TO YOUR UTTERLY UTTERLY INCOMPREHENSIBLE POST-WHAT A FREAKING EFFING TOTAL EFFING IDIOT YOU ARE FOR POSTING SUCH CRAP-IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU, ISN'T IT SWEETUMS-YOU STUPID LITTLE SH*T! HOW VERY WASHINGTONIAN YOU ARE!

Posted by: arrabbiato | December 17, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

SWEETIE-IN CASE YOU DIDN'T GET MY POINT, YOU'RE ONE OF THE MOST EMOTIONALLY RETARDED, STUPIDEST SH*TS TO EVER POST ON A WASH. POST BLOG!

Posted by: arrabbiato | December 17, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Sweetie

Why do you think he was jumping - because of people like you

Posted by: 37thandORulesForever | December 17, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

arrabbiato, calm down. and try pushing that caps lock button so YOU'RE NOT SCREAMING at everyone. i realize you're riled up, but it's hard to take you seriously when you're losing your mind.

and for the record, i think you're right. those people are pretty harsh. but take a deep breath before you post.

Posted by: whodeykm | December 17, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Shut the hell up arrabbiato

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | December 17, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

WHAT INCREDIBLY SELFISH AND INSENSITIVE LITTLE SH*TS SWEETUMS, FAKE1 AND THE EMOTIONALLY RETARDED CHETARTHUR ARE! THE THREE OF YOU NEED TO GET TOGETHER AND TRY AND SEE IF YOU CAN PULL YOUR COLLECTIVE HEADS OUT OF YOUR A$$'S WHERE THEY SEEM TO BE STUCK -PERMANENTLY, THAT WAY, YOU MIGHT JUST GET A SENSE OF WHAT PEOPLE WHO ARE HUMAN AND ARE IN PAIN REALLY GO THROUGH IN LIFE!

Posted by: arrabbiato | December 17, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

No sympathy at all for the deceased. Because of his selfish act, the driver of the train gets to be haunted for the rest of his life by the fact that he (inadvertently) killed someone. And anyone who was watching (especially kids) gets to live with that image, too.

Gone and best forgotten.

Posted by: blackdoggerel | December 17, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

AND DOGGEREL-DO GO JOIN THE CLUB ABOVE-THE PULLING YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR COLLECTIVE A$$'S CLUB!

Posted by: arrabbiato | December 17, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Quick, someone call the metro police - I think arrabbiatio is about to jump..

Posted by: Mrlja55 | December 17, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

QUICK-SOMEONE CALL THE POLICE, ON THESE STUPID, CHILDISH LITTLE POSTS, THESE INHUMAN LITTLE PR*CKS WHO WANT TO CASTIGATE SOMEONE WHO TRIED TO TAKE THEIR LIFE! CHARGE THEIR A$$'S WITH INHUMANITY!

Posted by: arrabbiato | December 17, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Jumping in front of a metro train is a stupid way to commit suicide. The jumper endured about 90 minutes of pain and suffering before ultimately dying from his injuries.

To all you would-be copycats: if you think your life is bad now, imagine how much worse it will become when you get hit by a friggin' train and survive. Don't jump in front of a metro train that's only moving about 15 mph unless you want to magnify your current suffering by about 100x.

If you think your life is bad, call a helpline or go on Jerry Springer or something (no pun intended).

Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | December 17, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

O come on... if you are going to commit suicide, why must you involve others?

Stay at home and put a shotgun in your mouth and let the rest of us live in peace...

Posted by: indep2 | December 17, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

While I feel bad that someone obviously had so little to live for that he chose to become fodder for our lunchtime comments (and arrabbiato's personal cause, by the look of it), I do agree. Suicide is one of the most selfish things a person can do, so the least the jumper could have done was waited until the end of the day after everyone was home. I mean, the last train moves as fast as the first one.

Posted by: blueangel1180 | December 17, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

If you want to kill yourself on the train tracks, why would you jump in front of a train that's coming to a stop? Why not go down onto the trackbed when the train is approaching the station and then lie down with your neck across the track so that the train will run over it and kill you much more quickly and effectively?

I don't quite understand why it should take almost three hours to restore service, though. Scrape off the carcass, confirm that the edge of the platform isn't somehow damaged (i.e., such that it might have caused someone to fall off, in which case it would need to be fenced off in that area), and get the trains running again.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 17, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Let's not rail on him now. Clearly, his life was a trainwreck. I suppose anyone watching got quite a freight though.

Posted by: boxcarwilly69 | December 17, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Such a tragic accident. This time of the year during the holiday season is especially difficult for those of us who have lost a love one, or other personal issues that exceed our ability to handle the problem on our own. Do you know someone who seems depressed, sad or seeming distant? Reach out to them and offer kinds words. It may be just what they need to know that there is someone they can talk or listen too or just being in their presence may be all that is needed. Positive, "nonjudgemental action can literally save a life.

Posted by: Ipray2U | December 17, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

While it is horrible to know another case of someone jumping the train to take his life away, no one can say anything about the person without fully knowing them. If you are just here to talk trash about how suicide is selfish and that the person who has committed it is fully responsible, take time to realize that person could've been you, at least if you had a life like his. The least anyone can do right now is keep this man, and most importantly, the family he's left behind, in your thoughts and prayers.

Do yourselves a favor and have sympathy for the guy that could have been just like you or me -- a simple person trying to get through life's pressures the very best way he can. It's just awful to find someone who called it quits without probably looking for help first. Besides, so many of us don't ask for help because of our busy lives anyway. Why should we be any different from his point of view?

For anyone out there reading this who thinks life is worth quitting, don't be afraid to ask for help. After all, there'll always be a destination in the end of that train that doesn't lead to the tracks.

Posted by: mayumi1girl | December 17, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

A tragedy indeed. I'd like to see Metro erect safety rails that line the platform edges, and only pull back to admit riders onto the trains. Disney has this capability for their monorail system at Disney World, and I wonder whether it can be adapted to our system. Of course, the rails wouldn't stop somebody from climbing over them if they were truly desperate to commit suicide on Metro's tracks.

Posted by: ShepCWillner | December 18, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh they could erect barriers that would open up only when a train is present but lets face it...that requires money and more importantly it requires the train to stop in the same spot every time. What do you think the chances of that are?

Posted by: Razor04 | December 18, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Please have some compassion. I would imagine most of you who wrote these horrible things were not even "inconvenienced". This man was most likely a father, husband, son, brother, friend, etc. Maybe instead of spending time being so nasty, you could say a prayer for him and his family and pray for others who are feeling so helpless and sad.

Posted by: alwaybeafriend | December 19, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

"Oh they could erect barriers that would open up only when a train is present ...."

This is fairly common on some of the European subway systems (especially the Moscow and St. Petersburg metros), and I believe New York plans to use this system on the Second Avenue Subway because it helps with climate control. It's similar to what you see in airports: The train is behind a wall, and when the doors on the train open, the doors in the wall open as well. Problem is that it's more expensive to build something like this (and even more so to retrofit it), plus, as has been noted, it requires stopping the train at precisely the same spot every time. Don't hold your breath for something like this to appear in DC.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 19, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Someone in so much pain that they would consider such an act is incapable of seeing the broader ramifications of their behavior. It is not selfish. It is illness. This man was a wonderful man. A wonderful father, husband, son, and neighbor. He volunteered in our community. You don't know the burdens he was carrying, you don't know the demons he was fighting. All you are thinking of is your inconvenience. He was not the kind of man that would have purposely caused anyone else distress or have caused anyone to be inconvenienced because of his actions. He lived his entire life knowing the ramifications of a parent committing suicide. His own father took his life when he was a young child. This victim spent his life determined not to repeat that pattern. To add to his suffering and distress and depression that he had been fighting recently he was laid off last week. Apparently that was more than he could bear. Please don't judge him by how you were inconvenienced. If you have not experienced mental illness first hand you cannot possibly grasp the extent to which it can change and alter a persons normally clear thinking and reasoning abilities. Try to feel compassion for this man and his widow and children. Their lives are forever altered. Yes, others may have horrible memories of that morning; his family will live with the pain of his actions day and night for the rest of their lives. If you believe in God or a higher power, pray for them, don't waste any energy mouthing off about things you have no knowledge about. If, God forbid, such a tragedy happens again, try to feel compassion for the victim and the survivors they leave behind. A few hours of your time are a brief moment in time compared to the lifetime of grief the families will be left with.

Posted by: jeckyll | December 19, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

A man died, tomorrow people will still be able to ride the metro. Suicide is a selfish act to those that cared for the person. For those that are judging this man because the metro was delayed, you need to do some soul searching. The metro always gets delayed.

People that commit suicide do have medical issues, to end your own life you must be feeling as if there is no hope out there, that must be such a terrible feeling.

My thoughts go out to the mans family, friend, people that knew him. Also to who ever witnessed this act. The metro operator should not blame himself, this person made a desicion to jump and end their life.

Don't judge, no one is perfect, God forbid one day you find yourself in a world without hope, and all around you there is nothing but people that tell you to wait until later to kill yourself.

Posted by: nelson2therescue | December 23, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

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