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Red Line incident may cause lengthy delays

Update (4:20 p.m.):Metro advises that some riders may want to consider taking the bus to avoid Gallery Place.

Some of the suggested routes are:

- Route 42 to Mount Pleasant
- Routes 70, 71 to Silver Spring Metrorail station
- Route 79 to Silver Spring Metrorail station
- Route 80 to Fort Totten Metrorail station
- Route P6 to Anacostia and Rhode Island Ave Metrorail stations
- Route X2 to Lafayette Square and Minnesota Ave Metrorail station

Update (4 p.m.): DC Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer said rescue personnel were treating one person at the train station for unknown injuries. He said initial investigation appears that it was "kids involved in horseplay." As a result of this "horseplay," someone got knocked into a moving train, he said.

According to a Metro press release, the train was headed in the direction of Shady Grove. The incident occurred at 3:35 p.m.

Red Line trains are currently sharing one track (single-tracking) between Farragut North and Judiciary Square Metrorail stations.

Original post: Metro reports that a person has been struck by a train at Gallery-Place-Chinatown Station on the Red Line. The transit agency says Metro Transit Police are investigating. Riders in both directions should expect delays of up to an hour or more, the transit agency says.

By Michael Bolden  |  November 30, 2009; 3:51 PM ET
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WTH!!! whats going on with Metro these days

Posted by: trinna22 | November 30, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It's all fun and games until someone gets run over by a train.

Posted by: LouLewis | November 30, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Darwin at work. No surprise, really. There's been a long-standing problem on the Red Line with rowdy and unruly kids. Transit police and Metro personnel are unable or unwilling to intervene, and haven't really seemed interested in crafting policies or providing manpower to mitigate this problem. This is the result. FIRE CATOE NOW!!!

Posted by: catsrtasty | November 30, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I see kids fooling around all the time, play fighting etc. Metro has no one down on the stations to stop this and it's been pointed out to them, sadly I am not surprised this would happen, just surprised it took this long.

Posted by: dhartogs | November 30, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Always figured it was a matte rof time before the kids who horse around on the platforms and thr trains hurt themselves. Kid's damn lucky he/she is alive.

Posted by: EricS2 | November 30, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with Metro?
What's wrong with these idiot teenagers playing around on the platform?
You cant blame the trains for that!

Posted by: racheljean | November 30, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I was at metro center when this happened, waiting for a shady grove bound train. one came but it was packed so i figured i'd wait the extra minute or two for an empty grovsner train...which didn't come.

then a few more min.. then a few more... nothing over the intercom except one thing which gave me a clue something was up

"station managers do not call central command unless it is an extreme emergency"

a few min later a glenmont train serviced the station, waited a few min and continued.

there were a few muffled announcments (about 10 minutes after this happened), but none could be understood. i checked my phone and saw there was an alert. nothing on the boards except trains with no times listed.

when i saw lights coming from gallery place towards metro center i ran up and around to the other side figuring they were single tracking. i was right. about 10 people made it before they closed the doors and continued wrong-waying until dupont circle.

Posted by: yell53 | November 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

people who were on the train already claimed it was an older teenager/young adult with his mother? who jumped headfirst onto the tracks in front of the train

Posted by: yell53 | November 30, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't get much worse than the Gallery Place station. Gallery Place is the most dangerous, most crowded, smallest station in the whole metro system where accidents always seem to happen (or are bound to happen).

Posted by: eugene8 | November 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

and yet wmata website says "on time"

Posted by: geneticcounselor2 | November 30, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

seems like another episode of
"Cooning It Up"
go figure...

Posted by: tindal0s | November 30, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Might want to delete tindal0s comments Post mods...

Posted by: futbolclif | November 30, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The terrorists don't even need bombs. They can just go around bumping into trains and grind the system to a hault.

Posted by: member5 | November 30, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

So glad I'm commuting by car these days. Took me only 35 minutes to get home, even with the rain and a stalled car on North Capitol, only five minutes longer than usual.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | November 30, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Everyday I ride the Metro from the Red Line, get to Gallery Place I know that there are kids down stairs waiting for the Green Line to Branch Ave. These school kids are running, cursing, and playing so close to the edge of the platform. Where are the Metro Police? One day you see one and the next day you don't.

Posted by: Candlelight10 | December 1, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Maybe now the metro security/police will FINALLY get these d**n children under control. I usually take the red line and there are always unruly kids in the station and on the train. It's typical of Metro's incompetence that a kid has to get hit by a train for them to take notice of the issue.

Posted by: linswilliams | December 1, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

ummm........Metro ----- Redskins, not sure which one is worse.

Posted by: lioness820 | December 1, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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