- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 3, 2001

An unidentified woman who was hit by a Metro subway train yesterday was in critical condition last night at Howard University Hospital, authorities said.
The incident occurred at the Navy Yard stop on Metro's Green Line about 5:54 a.m., when a train operator reported that a woman had jumped from the platform onto the tracks moments before the train arrived at the station. The operator applied the brakes, but the train dragged the woman underneath for 190 feet, said D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter.
The woman, described as black and middle-aged, suffered head injuries and severe chest trauma, and the incident is still being investigated.
Metro Transit Police questioned one witness of the incident. The woman remained conscious while firefighters rescued her, but she lost consciousness as she was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The rescue effort took about a half-hour, causing brief delays on the subway system. A bus bridge was established between the Anacostia and the Waterfront stations to ferry commuters past the closed station, and trains were allowed to run through the Navy Yard station on a single track, said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel.
"With these incidents, you never know when they're going to come. You do what you can to move people on in an expeditious manner," Mr. Taubenkibel said.
Police have yet to identify the woman. Anyone with information about her identity or the incident is encouraged to contact the Metro Transit Police Investigative Unit at 202/962-1792.
A similar incident occurred at Dupont Circle on Feb. 12, when a Chevy Chase man jumped in front of a train. The Dupont Circle station was closed for more than four hours, stranding hundreds of passengers at nearby stations on the Red Line.
Since then, Transit Police, D.C. police and the D.C. Medical Examiner's Office have signed an agreement that gives Transit Police authority in such investigations.
"What we were experiencing was some redundancy. We had two law enforcement agencies gathering the same information. … police] have a ton of things to do, and we thought we could handle it ourselves and help them out," said Metro Transit Police Chief Barry J. McDevitt.

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