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The elderly woman who caused the Red Line to come to a standstill this morning at Gallery Place/Chinatown is apparently fine, according to Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. The 68-year-old woman (Metro doesn’t ID passengers by policy) was not hit by the train but merely fell onto the track. Her injuries are non-life-threatening.
“They were just very minor,” Taubenkibel says.
All rail lines are again operational. Metro is advising the crush of humanity entering downtown stations to stay at least two feet away from the edge of the platform.
Meanwhile, as of 1 p.m., more than 585,000 people have taken a Metro train today, the spokesman says. The lines to get into downtown stations are long. “It is taking some time to get in,” Taubenkibel says, “but people are getting in.”
Metro is not providing estimates on how long it may take riders to board a train, let alone reach their destination. In other words, take another swig from your concealed flask and relax. It’ll be awhile.