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Farragut West Station suspended for two hours today due to a person struck by a train. Police officers blocked off both entrances and directed locals to closer metro stations. (Kayla Clarke/The Wash)

Metro train strikes person at Farragut West, service suspended 2 hours

Some metro stations in D.C. were held up after Farragut West Station suspended their operations for two hours due to a medical emergency.

Operations at Farragut West were restored two hours after a person was struck by a metro train and died on Monday afternoon.

According to a video released by the WMATA, a person jumped in front of the metro train around 1 p.m. Metro Transit Police later ruled their death as a suicide.

Traffic began to pile up immediately thereafter as Metro’s Orange, Silver and Blue line operated on a single-track. 

Initially, D.C. Fire and EMS were called to the scene of a rescue situation. But once on the scene, Metro Transit Police took over in order to recover the body.

Train services were suspended between Foggy Bottom and Metro Center during the investigation. 

Police advised residents to take other metro stops closer to Farragut North.

Shuttle buses were also available for residents to commute to different lines or intersections during the time of suspension. 

DC Fire and EMS were originally called to the scene for a rescue situation, but later alerted Metro Transit Police that it was now a recovery situation to recover the body. (Kayla Clarke/The Wash)

D.C. resident Tera-Marie Jones said she always takes the Farragut West station home after work but was surprised to hear that an incident like this would happen. 

“I am not used to something like this. Once I realized I couldn’t use this stop, I just figured I Uber home instead of walking,” Jones said. “But it is really unfortunate for something like this to happen to someone.”

D.C. resident Delores Wray said it’s unfortunate that someone would take their life. 

“Life is really hard and I wish it never got to that point for that person,” Wray said. “I hope if someone needs help, they get in contact with the right people.”

In a tweet, Metro Transit Police added that if anyone is feeling any signs of suicidal thoughts, they should contact the suicidal helpline at 1-855-320-5433.

Kayla Clarke

I am a multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C., with a passion for innovative methods such as infographics and design. I am pursuing my Master's degree at American University in journalism and public affairs.

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