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D.C. Fire and EMS reports a woman is trapped under a train at the Mount Vernon Station.
The Post says the station is closed as authorities attempt to rescue her: “Metro Police Capt. Kevin Gaddis said the woman apparently placed herself on the tracks, where she is now trapped. ‘It’s a rescue operation right now,’ Gaddis said.”
A WMATA press release says the woman was struck at about 1:18 p.m. by a six-car train headed in the direction of Branch Avenue. It also says WMATA will be rolling out shuttle buses:
“Metro expects that a few shuttle buses will be on the scene by 2:15 p.m. to help get people around the disruption. Waits for shuttle buses will be extremely lengthy (upwards of one hour) as the buses will be dealing with traffic. Additionally, the buses only carry 50 people, but a crowded train can carry in the neighborhood of 800 people.”
UPDATE: The Post reports that the woman has been rescued and the station has been reopened.
Pete Piringer, spokesman for fire department, said that shortly after 1 p.m. an inbound six-car train entering the Mount Vernon station struck an adult female who was on the tracks. Officials were able to talk to the woman, who was trapped under the middle section of the train, as they worked to rescue her.
Piringer said rescue crews used a kind of a sled, which they pushed between the rails and underneath the train to remove the victim. They slid it down to her and manuevered her onto the sled. Then they used ropes to pull her from under the train.
According to Piringer, the woman was alert and conscious but her injuries were “serious and life-threatening.”