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Update: Officer Rescued Woman on Tracks

The Washington Metro Authority reports that the woman who fell onto the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station earlier today was aided by Houston Officer Eliot Swainson. Swainson is working as a volunteer to help the Metro police during the Inauguration. A Metro press release reports that:

He rushed to the woman and with the assistance of a Metro rider, they reached down to try to pull her up from the tracks, but were unable to as a Red Line train heading toward Glenmont was pulling into the station. "The train was coming in closer," Swainson said. At that point, "I pushed her down and got her tucked down under the platform." He directed the woman to remain in the crawl space beneath the granite platform edge for safety.

Read More from the WMATA press release.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 20, 2009; 8:07 PM ET
Categories:  Inauguration , Metro , Safety  
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Comments

That was a harrowing experience. Was she careless or was she edged or pushed as the crowds were packed like sardines there?

Posted by: roland2 | January 20, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

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