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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 04/24/2010

Man says Metro doors trapped him

By Washington Post editors


A Metro rider tells NBC 4 that he got his neck caught in the door of a rail car Friday as he tried to exit the train.

Oscar Lujan said he was getting off the train at the New York Avenue station around 8 a.m. when he got trapped between the doors. He said he never heard the warning chimes that signal that the doors are closing.

Lujan said it was about 20 seconds before the doors began to open and he was able to free himself.

Metro told the station it is investigating the incident.


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By Washington Post editors  | April 24, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  New York Avenue, Rail, Train  
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Comments

Don't lead with your head!!!!!

Posted by: cmann083@yahoo.com | April 24, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I've seen legs, arms, bags, bikes, strollers, shoulders...all types of body parts and accessories caught in Metro doors but I ain't never seen nobody stupid/awkward enough to get their damn neck caught in the doors.

Posted by: blackman1 | April 24, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

At least he's alive to talk about it.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | April 24, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Isnt he the one that got stuck under the fence in Texas coming over here, if he was stuck for twenty seconds the operator would have known about an open door. Trying to sue metro, you need a better story like you fell down the escalator dont forget the the bumps and bruises. Lol...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | April 24, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I understand exactly what this guy went through as I have almost had this same thing happen to me

I have seen other body parts caught before...with little to no warning by the metro people

Posted by: Bious | April 24, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Probably stuck his head in when the doors were closing as announced did he get stuck under the border fence too?

Posted by: zcxnissan | April 24, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Come on people!!!!!!...The voice comes on,
"DOORS CLOSING" and you hear the chimes...it's not like the doors closed with NO WARNING!!!!!!...

Once you hear the chimes you should be AWAY FROM the doors but we all have attempted to get off after hearing it...well when you do you go at your OWN RISK... what do you want, someone to be on the platform to tell you get back?????

Posted by: pentagon40 | April 24, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Almost a Darwin Award Winner... is he related to the guy who fell down the smokestack?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 24, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Worst of all is when people try to rush the doors at the last minute, dragging young, terrified children behind them.

Posted by: KSVA | April 24, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I honestly can't understand how anyone could exit a train in a normal fashion, walking upright, and have this happen.

Posted by: lydgate | April 24, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Here's how it can happen. The operator gives almost no warning that doors are closing (happens all the time). The person is half way out the doors when the hit him and knock him off balance. The person falls in such a way for the doors to continue to close on his neck.
And for all you who are making racist comments as if this person is an idiot illegal immigrant. He happens to be chairman of surgery department at GW Hospital.

Posted by: dezlboy1 | April 25, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

I have noticed at least two times in the last week that the doors closed without the chimes sounding, in the car I was riding in, I noticed when I got off that the chimes worked in other cars. Why do people assume that they guy is lying, well at least of couple of you have announced your racism and we know why. The door announcement system on Metro has and is a joke, the chimes sound anywhere from 2 to 30 seconds before the driver actually starts to close the door, and they aren't loud enough to be heard over crowd or station announcements. A couple of months ago I was getting on train behind a blind man using a white cane. The chime goes off and the door closes immediately on the guys arm. The driver doesn't open the door, finally after about 45 seconds four people pull the doors to get the guy's arm out and end up disabling the train.

Posted by: tianyisun | April 25, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

For those of posting the racist immigrant comments: it is highly likely that at one time, the name you sport in the real world was foreign sounding to the residents who were already here.
It's a tired subject. Going there demeans you.

Posted by: Dawa_Lhatso | April 25, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

If you can't figure out when the doors on the Metro are closing, perhaps you need to hire a personal driver to help you get to where you're going. Better yet, stay home.

Posted by: tristesse27 | April 25, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Turn the volume down on your ipod and you'll hear the doors closing announcement. Stupid yuppie.

Posted by: Axel2 | April 25, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

How does a person get his neck stuck in the doors? You would have to bend over far enough to allow the doors to go pass your shoulders. It might have felt like 20 seconds went by but as anyone who has ever rode the Metro knows when the doors don't close the driver opens and closes the doors withn a few seconds.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | April 25, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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