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Metro Train Strikes, Kills Man at Forest Glen Station

8:40 p.m. update: Normal service has resumed on the Red Line between Forest Glen and Silver Spring stations.

5 p.m. update: Metro reports a man was struck and killed by a Red Line train at Forest Glen this afternoon. The transit authority said it appeared the man was on the tracks deliberately.

Trains are sharing a single track between Forest Glen and Silver Spring. Single-tracking is likely to continue through the rush period.

The incident, at about 4:10 p.m., involved an uncrowded, eight-car Red Line train heading downtown. The passengers were able to evacuate the train by with the assistance of Metro employees. Other trains then began sharing the track around the stopped train.

Meanwhile, the Red Line restrictions imposed following last Monday's crash remain in place: The trains are under manual control, the speed limit is 35 mph, the slowdown is more pronounced between Fort Totten and Takoma, the zone where the crash occurred. Even before the mishap at Forest Glen, the transit authority was advising Red Line riders to add a half hour to their normal travel times.

The free shuttle bus service is operating between Rhode Island Avenue and Silver Spring. But keep in mind that there can be long waits for the buses at peak periods, and they take a winding route along local streets to get from one station to the next.

If you're considering a regular Metrobus alternative, use this link to see the bus schedule page.

Metro still plans to close the Red Line between Silver Spring and Fort Totten at 10 o'clock tonight, as part of the crash investigation, before resuming full service at 5 a.m. Tuesday. That late night closing is likely to continue on Tuesday and Wednesday nights as well.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 29, 2009; 5:14 PM ET
Categories:  Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrobus, Metrorail, Red Line crash, delays  
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Alert DC also reporting small fire at Brookland:

Message from Alert DC
Sent By: "AlertDC" On: Jun 06/29/09 4:54 PM
To: "Transportation Alert Recipients"

FEMS is reports a small fire located at 4500 Central Avenue N.E. at the Benning Rd Metro Station. FEMS reports it is smoke coming from a pole that holds up the signs that gives information to Metro riders. Update Transit police confirmed it was only dust on the pole and no service has been disrupted.

Sent by DC HSEMA to e-mail, pagers, cell phones....powered by Cooper Notification RSAN

Posted by: mcljphillips | June 29, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Correction - Benning Road Metro Station

Posted by: mcljphillips | June 29, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

At least Metro has learned something from last week's tragedy. The Metro e-alert was fairly specific about what was causing the disruption in Red Line service. Thank you Metro for recognizing that we can handle the truth.

Posted by: ekolatch | June 29, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

the red line is cursed

Posted by: esmith22015 | June 29, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

If you're depressed, please go see someone, jumping in front of a train is not the answer. Also, it really screws things up for a lot of people.

Posted by: futbolclif | June 29, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Be careful -- there wasn't a shuttle bus at Rhode Island even though there were many announcements from Metro that there was. No shuttle about half an hour ago -- hope they still aren't saying there is when there isn't.

Posted by: aegan1 | June 29, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

OMG! This has not been a good month for Metro! I just hope this has nothing to do with last week's tragedy, like a distraught family member of one of the deceased. Also, I agree with ekolatch. I really appreciate an honest reason for the disruption. Being honest allows people to better plan their alternate route home. For instance, I may decide that I can deal with the 15-20 minute delay for a broken down train but I can't wait several hours for them to clean up a "suicide".

Posted by: ssuper_starr | June 29, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

My mother and esmith22015 are right: that bloody line is cursed.

Posted by: archanubis | June 29, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Why the rash of suicides on the Metro lines? Is anyone investigating or addressing this? Maybe we need suicide hotlines (or even posters) in the Metro stations. I think this is the 3rd or 4th time this summer that someone has deliberately gone in front of a train.

Posted by: paperball | June 29, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

What's next on the Red line, a volcano erupting under Dupont Circle?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 29, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

At least it does appear that Metro has learned from the last week. Today's announcements have been frequent, clear, and communicative. When I was waiting at Silver Spring, I heard them clearly say that trains were single-tracking due to "a person struck by a train at Forest Glen," and they were very clear about what and where the problem was and what kind of delays Metro riders could expect. They also started making regular announcements about trains pulling all the way to the end of the platform.

Not as good as if the red line actually got me from Silver Spring to Metro Center in under 45 minutes, but sometimes Murphy's Law is just going to be the rule at hand.

Posted by: EtoilePB | June 29, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

futbolclif, I understand your irritation. But someone who is distraught enough to step in front of a Metro train is not merely depressed, and for major depressive disorder with suicidal ideation, it takes resources, like health insurance or cash, to see a therapist and get the medication that they need to feel better.

Further, their ability to think through the ramifications of their actions is severely impaired. Yes, it seems very selfish, but the person is quite literally not in their right mind.

People don't drop out of trees in that mental condition. Things happened to them. Be grateful you are not in their position.

Posted by: justathought3 | June 29, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Amesome Transit System, Great Job.

Posted by: MisterJ8 | June 29, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

"Alert DC also reporting small fire at Brookland"

When it rains it pours.

futbolclif writes wisdom: If you are considering suicide, get help, call 911 and they will get you in touch with counselors who can help you. God does not want you to do yourself in.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | June 29, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Amesome Transit System, Great Job.

Suck it.

Posted by: Axel2 | June 29, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Can we give Metro the benefit of a proper headline. I know somewhere there is a lawyer arguing Metro is responsible, the train did not swerve and strike a pedestrian. Can we say man jumps on track at Metro station. We know the rest.

Posted by: simplewords999 | June 29, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

This is the problem with some people. They end their life in such a way that would affect innocent people. He could've done it in the confines of his house, why hit the railway? Such individual I fear in performance of cab service in Southeast Georgia. Got to be very careful on the road.

Posted by: mapua_76 | June 30, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I have been unable to locate the identity of the man killed on the Forest Glen Metrorail tracks. I have searched several online newspapers. Does anyone know his name?

Posted by: PostPardon | July 2, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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