- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Metro officials say the accident at the Ballston-MU station that caused delays yesterday morning on the Orange Line was caused by a person who intentionally jumped onto the tracks.

Investigators have identified the victim as a 64-year-old Arlington woman but have not released her name and are continuing the investigation.

The incident occurred about 9:40 a.m. and closed the Ballston-MU and Virginia Square stations for about three hours.

Metro deployed 16 shuttle buses to take passengers to stations in East Falls Church and Clarendon. Normal rail service resumed at 12:32 p.m., said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel.

The woman walked to the end of the station platform, then into an unauthorized section next to the tracks. Police are trying to determine how she got onto the tracks and the pathway of the six-car train traveling toward the Vienna station.

In the past 25 years, 12 persons have been killed when struck by Metro trains. The 31-year-old system has 106 miles of tracks through the District, Maryland and Virginia. It is the second-busiest rail transit system in the country, carrying about 750,000 passengers on an average working day.

The most deadly crash was Jan. 13, 1982, south of the Federal Triangle station when a train left the tracks while backing into the tunnel. Three Metro workers were killed and 25 passengers were injured.

So far this year, three persons have died in four incidents in the Metrorail system, said spokeswoman Joanne Ferreira.

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