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Last night, a 22-year-old man at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station attempted to commit suicide by jumping on the train tracks. As a train started approaching, the man decided to go back on the platform and was able to climb most of the way back onto the platform before two Metro Transit Police officers pulled him the rest of the way.
Metro sent out a press release this afternoon commending officers and the train operator for their swift action. The agency also released the footage of the man attempting suicide by jumping on the tracks.
According to the release, the officers arrived to the platform around 9:15 p.m. after receiving a report that a disorderly man was harassing other riders. When they approached the man, he jumped off the platform, reportedly saying he wanted to die. The video shows a Red Line train bound for Shady Grove approaching at the time the man jumped.
The police officers radioed for the train traffic to be stopped and the two officers, along with other people on the platform, waved at the train to stop. The train operator was able to activate the train’s emergency brake system in time.
“With the train still bearing down on him, the man made a last-second attempt to jump back on the platform. Transit Police officers pulled him out of the train’s path with no time to spare,” Metro’s press release crediting the employees read.
The man was not injured and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.