City Paper is not for tourists
Who hasn’t taken the wrong escalator at Metro Center or Chinatown, ended up across from where you wanted to be, and wanted to just walk over the tracks to the other side? It’d be so easy—-except, you know, for the electrified tracks and the oncoming trains.
The dangers didn’t stop one woman from making that dream a reality last night and living to tell about it. Around 9:30 p.m., the woman tried to cross from the Shady Grove Red Line platform to the Glenmont side by walking straight across. She made it past the first sets of tracks but stopped in the median when other passengers started screaming, according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.
Metro employees cut power to the tracks and rescued the woman, which took about five minutes. Metro police took her into custody, but no charges were filed.
The woman was motivated not by bath salts or frustration with Metro, but because she didn’t know any better, according to Stessel. A native of France, the woman has been in the U.S. for just a week.