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Red Line delays still happening after a suicide at White Flint Metro

March 19, 2012 - 11:32 AM
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Watch out, D.C. commuters. There are delays on the Red Line this morning after an adult man intentionally placed himself on the Metro tracks at 10:15 a.m., according to WMATA reports, at the White Flint Metro station. Trains initially passed by the closed station as Metro Transit Police and Montgomery County fire department officials handled the aftermath.

This new death is the second Metro suicide this month. The first one in 2012 happened less than a week into the new year. WMATA has plans to post suicide hotline numbers at its stations but has yet to do so and has trained a couple hundred employees in suicide prevention out of the 900 it hopes to do so by January 2013. WMATA officials debated their program earlier this month just as a second individual jumped at Foggy Bottom and ultimately died. The program found the majority of suicide attempts are associated with a history of depression.

White Flint Metro is now open but WMATA cautions people to factor in additional travel time. Trains are single-tracking between Grosvenor and Twinbrook and Metro notes that "every other Red Line train is terminating at Grosvenor and turning back to Glenmont" as of shortly after 11 a.m. The transit agency handled the situation well and fast, from what I can tell, with quick releases about what happened as well as regular updates about the service from social media manager Brian Anderson. These very public deaths are always unfortunate.

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