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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 04/ 7/2010

Mt. Vernon Square Metro reopens

By Washington Post editors

The Mount Vernon Square Metro station has reopened, Metro says, but customers should expect delays throughout the afternoon.

Trains are sharing the same track between the Shaw-Howard University station and Gallery Place.

The station had been closed while officials worked to rescue a woman who was trapped beneath a train on the rails.

2:19 p.m.
Woman under Metro train rescued

D.C. Fire and EMS have rescued a woman who was trapped beneath a Green line train at the Mount Vernon Square station.

Pete Piringer, spokesman for fire department, said that shortly after 1 p.m. an inbound six-car train entering the Mount Vernon station struck an adult female who was on the tracks. Officials were able to talk to the woman, who was trapped under the middle section of the train, as they worked to rescue her.

Piringer said rescue crews used a kind of a sled, which they pushed between the rails and underneath the train to remove the victim. They slid it down to her and manuevered her onto the sled. Then they used ropes to pull her from under the train.

Tracie Moore, a passenger on the train, said it was moving slowly as it entered the station. She could hear the train operator blowing the horn repeatedly.

Piringer said a Metro train, stopped behind the stalled train, still had passengers on it. Officials were working to get those passengers off.

--Michael E. Ruane

1:49 p.m.
Mount Vernon Square station closing for rescue

The Mount Vernon Square Metro station is closing while authorities try to rescue a woman on the tracks, reporter Michael E. Ruane tells us.

Metro Police Capt. Kevin Gaddis said the woman apparently placed herself on the tracks, where she is now trapped. "It's a rescue operation right now," Gaddis said.

Metro says to expect delays on both the Green and Yellow lines.

1:37 p.m.
Person trapped under train at Mt. Vernon Square station

The D.C. Fire and EMS and Metro are reporting that a person is trapped under a train at the Mount Vernon Square Metro station.

By Washington Post editors  | April 7, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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She put herself on the tracks.!!!! Make sure you charge her for all of the rescue people involved, and if she survives, an apology to all of the people stranded on metro!!!!!! Or.......maybe just keep the train running! It is what she wanted in the first place!

Posted by: wright_way1 | April 7, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Interesting: incident first reported by Washington Post at 1:37.

DC Government sends out an emergency alert e-mail stating the station is closed at 2:22, a full 45 minutes later...

Posted by: dionysianmadness | April 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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