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Red Line Service Resumes

Red Line service has resumed in both directions -- but with substantial delays -- after a 68-year-old woman ended up on the tracks at the Gallery Place Metro station this morning.

Metro says a preliminary investigation shows that the woman fell on the tracks around 9:25 a.m. but was not hit by an approaching train headed toward Glenmont. She has been taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Red Line trains had been turning back at Farragut North and Judiciary Square Metrorail stations because of the incident. With no service at the Metro Center or Gallery Place-Chinatown stations, riders were instructed to exit at Judiciary Square and Farragut North and walk to the Mall.

Metro warns that passengers should stay at least two feet away from the station platform edges, a hazard that increases with crowds. Metro said they had more than 409,000 entries into the system as of 9 a.m.

(This post has been updated.)

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose, Lena Sun and Josh White

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 20, 2009; 10:48 AM ET
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Are you going to be able to watch the Inauguration online some where?

Posted by: wstclair | January 20, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: VelocityAtrocity | January 20, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Damn tourists. i was just about to head into DC from Shady Grove too. I should sue her.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | January 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

escort her out with medics and a small contingent to clear a path. Let's get back on pace. Run her name if you can get it.

Posted by: max1mos111 | January 20, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

that is why I am not there! my worst nightmare.

Posted by: RedBird27 | January 20, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Throw her up on the platform and let the trains run again!

Posted by: justhere | January 20, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

This is why I'm staying home. Too many people not knowing what to do. If this happened on any other day, trains would be back on schedule by now. Regular riders know the drill when something goes wrong.

Posted by: WxDude | January 20, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The platforms were built way, way too narrow.

Posted by: Craig_Colgan | January 20, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I love that they say "Police will investigate how she ended up on the tracks" Uhm...maybe the crowd accidentally pushed her off?

Posted by: serialcarpins | January 20, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like she may have slipped or been shoved. Hope the poor woman will be OK. She's lucky not to have been hit by a train or landed on the 3rd rail. Patience people, patience!

Posted by: vegmom | January 20, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Hope she's okay.

Thanks so much for this great coverage.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | January 20, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Good Job! 15 minutes to go! I saw stephen Speiburg intermingling in the crowd! Alot of celebrities out there!

Posted by: max1mos111 | January 20, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

They should have just closed Metro.. Why bother having it opened. If you wanted to come to this inaguration then find your own way to get into the city! Like walking!

Posted by: darrylrbaker | January 20, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

She just was so focused on her map or whatever was in her hand that she unconsciously stepped back. She wasn't pushed - there was no one close by...just couldn't get there in time to stop the fall.

Posted by: fsorr | January 20, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, they got trains moving pretty quickly - much more so than when something like this happens during a 'normal' service day.

Too bad they can't get things moving this quickly at other times when a passenger gets sick or something else happens and seems to cause excessive and seeming interminable delays.

Posted by: zizzy | January 20, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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