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A Green Line train at Anacostia Station, Dec. 11, 2022.

Green line service suspended after a man struck by a train at Anacostia Station

The Green Line Metro service between Navy Yard and Southern Avenue was suspended for almost four hours after a person was reportedly struck by a train early Sunday morning. A WMATA report is expected to be released in the following days.

Green line service between Navy Yard and Southern Avenue Stations was suspended early Sunday morning after a reportedly person jumped in front of an upcoming train at Anacostia Station.

The incident occurred at 7:45 am at the Anacostia Metro Station, off interstate 295 and Howard Road SE, according to Metrorail Info. Shortly after, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced that the service along three stations had been suspended and notified passengers of significant delays.

While WMATA and Metro Transit Police did not immediately report the person’s identity, a WMATA employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity said it is “highly unlikely” the victim survived. She added that the incident happened early in the morning when the station was not crowded, but everyone panicked after seeing the crowds.

“I arrived shortly after the incident and saw crowds and an ambulance,” she said. “Then I was told about a suicide attempt, but I’m not sure if he survived.”

WMATA has not provided an update on the victim but said that after a surveillance camera review, “the male victim intentionally placed himself in the path of the train.”

Two Metro Transit police officers at the Anacostia Metro Station declined to comment.

Metro Transit Police cars at Anacostia Station, Dec. 11, 2022

Shortly before 9:00 am, service between Navy Yard and Southern Avenue Stations was reinstated but continued to bypass Anacostia Station for an additional two and a half hours.

The station remained closed for almost four hours as fire trucks and paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital.

Passengers were provided shuttle buses between Southern Ave and Navy Yard during the station closure.

The station reopened around 11.30 am, and the shuttle bus service was discontinued. Station announcements at Anacostia warned of continuation of delays on both tracks, Branch Avenue and Greenbelt.

Fall protection railings at Anacostia Station cover only a small portion of the tracks.

Most District metro station tracks do not have safety railings. Only a small portion of the tracks at Anacostia Station is protected, and it is only erected on the further edge of both tracks.

The D.C. Department of Behavioral Health runs a 24-hour hotline staffed with mental health experts. If you or someone you know wants to talk, call 1(888)7WE-HELP or 1-888-793-4357.

Ibrahim Aksoy

Ibrahim 'Abe' Aksoy is a graduate student at American University pursuing a master's degree in journalism and public affairs international specialty. Abe is also an investigative reporting intern at the Investigative Reporting Workshop where he covers immigration.

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