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Cheverly Station reopens after death


Updated, 3 p.m.:Metro reports the Cheverly Station has reopened, but trains are single-tracking through the area. Full service is expected to resume soon. Delays are minimal.

Metro is reporting that a person was struck on the Orange Line at the Cheverly Station around 10:50 a.m. this morning. Riders should expect major delays on the eastern end of the Orange Line for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon. The Cheverly Station is closed and a bus bridge is being set up between the Landover and Deanwood stations. Here is Metro's full press release:

"Metrorail customers travelling on the eastern end of the Orange Line can expect major delays the remainder of the morning and into early afternoon. A six-car Orange Line train heading downtown struck a person who was on the tracks at the Cheverly Metrorail station today (Saturday, April 17) at 10:51 a.m.
The Cheverly Metrorail station is currently closed with no trains passing through the station as emergency personnel are on the scene at this time. Shuttle buses are not expected to arrive until close to noon. Also, there will be long waits for the shuttle buses as a full train can hold hundreds of customers, but a full bus can only move 50 people at a time and they have to navigate crowded roadways. Once the shuttle buses are available they will move customers between Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover and New Carrollton Metrorail stations.
The Orange Line is split into two segments--a very short segment has trains moving back and forth between Landover and New Carrollton Metrorail stations. The larger segment has trains moving between Deanwood and Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail stations.
Customers should keep in mind that Orange Line customers traveling between the Court House and Foggy Bottom Metrorail stations on the Orange Line should expect lengthy delays throughout the weekend and add at least 40 minutes to their travel time because Metro is installing a new rail switch at the Rosslyn Metrorail station. A switch is an intersection of the track, where trains can "switch" from one track to another, depending on their destination and route. Trains will share the same track between these locations through Sunday. Track work is also taking place on the Green, Red and Blue Lines with delays of up to 40 minutes."

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 17, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
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People being hit by Metro trains and disrupting service has gotten REAL old. Put a cow catcher on the front car and just push the drunks, idiots and attention-seeking suicides aside and off the tracks...and the trains just keep rolling.

Posted by: checkered1 | April 17, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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