WMATA: Pedestrian Struck @ Red Line Stop
According to WMATA, emergency personnel are responding to the Forest Glen Metro station on the Red Line. The reason: A pedestrian has reportedly been struck by "an eight-car train headed in the direction of Shady Grove...The incident took place at 4:10 p.m."
WMATA goes on to state: "Trains are single-tracking, or taking turns sharing one track between the Forest Glen and Silver Spring Metrorail stations. Red Line Riders can expect significant delays along the line, especially in the area of the incident. Delays are expected to be 30 minutes or more."
4:52 Update: WMATA says via Twitter that the person struck has died. They were apparently on the tracks intentionally.
4:58 p.m. Update: Angela Gates, a Metro spokesperson tells City Desk of the incident: "[The pedestrian] died at the scene. I believe we have video in our control center. We are able to see what happens. Transit police are asking anyone who did witness it to call them at 202-962-1792. We still have emergency personnel out there. They still have to do an investigation, talk to witnesses that are still there."
Metro is single tracking around at and around that stop throughout rush hour. Expect 30 minute delays or more.
5:08 p.m. Update: Dust causes havoc on Metro! Just got this alert:
"FEMS is reports a small fire located at 4500 Central Avenue N.E. at the Benning Rd Metro Station. FEMS reports it is smoke coming from a pole that holds up the signs that gives information to Metro riders. Update Transit police confirmed it was only dust on the pole and no service has been disrupted."