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Posted at 7:18 PM ET, 05/18/2010

Man who died was on train almost 5 hours

By Erica Johnston

A man who boarded a Metrorail train in Montgomery County on Monday was found dead on the same train almost five hours later, Metro said Tuesday night.

It was not clear when the man died, but Metro said that preliminary investigation indicated that he likely died of natural causes.

The man boarded an inbound train at the Twinbrook station on the Red Line about 10:15 a.m. Monday, according to preliminary investigation, Metro said. The train went to Silver Spring and then back, ending its run at the Shady Grove station just before noon.

The train was taken into the rail yard there. The man was spotted in the train at 2:55 p.m. as the train was being readied to leave the yard for afternoon service.

-- Martin Weil

By Erica Johnston  | May 18, 2010; 7:18 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland, Virginia  
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real good checking of the train

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | May 18, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

That's nothing. I've spent six hours on a train and only gotten kind of sick.

Posted by: fuquafalcon | May 18, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

You know, when I gotta go, may as well be on Metrorail.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | May 18, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

lol weekend at bernies on metro. movie idea.... those gangster 14 year olds won't get a reaction out of this guy

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 18, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I hate to make light of this man's passing, but FiatBooks' comment is hilarious. lol

Posted by: brandip_77 | May 18, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Typical of this area. No one checks to see if the guy is OK. Why are people here so insensitive??

Posted by: kenayers1 | May 18, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Isn't someone supposed to walk through the train before it goes into the rail yard?

Posted by: ceebee2 | May 18, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Isn't someone supposed to walk through the train before it goes into the rail yard?

Posted by: ceebee2 | May 18, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I am a member of this man's extended family. To you losers who have nothing better to do than to joke heartlessly at his expense -- I hope that you or a member of your family never has to experience what he did -- dying alone and unassisted by anyone. Please find something useful to do with your lives instead of disrespecting someone whose life ended so tragically.

Posted by: webb15 | May 18, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

i know folks love to paint Metro in a negative light, especially after the past year or two. but sometimes you just have to chalk it up to things happen. i ride everyday and have no clue what i would do at the end of the line and i see somebody that might look asleep. it's just an unfortunate incident.

Posted by: oknow1 | May 18, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

This is not about Metro. This is about PEOPLE in the DC area being selfish, rude, and insensitive. As if for those 5 hours he was the only one in his car? No one could have noticed, or thought, hmmmm? Or thought, maybe, maybe, I should say something about this man who does not seem well to someone in authority.

This is why people hate DC. It is not because of our Metro system. It is because of our PEOPLE.

Posted by: GALOSTinDC | May 18, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

To all the ones thinking its joke time on this issue its not. That's a human life lost. N yes Metro drivers are supposed to walk through the train when it goes to the end of the line. To check for passengers bags or anything that's not supposed to be there. I feel for that mans family. But let's change it around. What if there was a bomb on that train if they didn't see the man they really wouldn't have seen the bomb. To those that ride metro think about that next time u shrug something like this off Metro is responsible who knows that man couldve been saved if someone did there job. Personally I would sue n if I couldn't @least ask for the jobs of everyone who was responsible for that train from the time that man got on to the time he was found. Maybe just maybe some eyes would be opened

Posted by: concerned112 | May 19, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

To all the ones such as concerned112 who think it's the time for sanctimonious chest-thumping: It's not. That's a human mind lost, dragged down into the cesspool of moribund, maudlin self-righteousness. Just think, Metro's main concern here is that this man only paid for a ride to White Flint, and rode all the way to Shady Grove. Freeloaders like Mr. Van Houter prevent Metro from finding new and inventive ways to create delays and hiring extra security guards to arrest teenagers for eating Snickers bars at the Bethesda station. Acting like holier-than-thou dolittles on the WaPost comments is not going to bring Mr. Van Houter back from the dead. Not even - and this may come as a shock - not even if we try to freak people out about TERRISM.

GALOSTinDC: Dunno how it is down in Georgia, but up here, people do, in fact, occasionally nap in subway cars.

Posted by: JPCussatunn | May 23, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

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