- The Washington Times - Monday, June 15, 2009

A woman was struck and killed by a Red Line train after she placed herself on the Metro tracks at the Bethesda station Sunday afternoon, a Metro spokeswoman said.

Gweno Ladisch, a 33-year-old carrying a French passport, jumped in front of an eight-car Red Line train heading toward downtown about 1 p.m., spokeswoman Candace Smith said.

Ms. Ladisch was the second person killed in an apparent suicide on a Metro train over the weekend. A man was hit on the tracks Saturday morning at the Potomac Avenue stop on the Orange and Blue lines.

Investigators temporarily closed the Bethesda station Sunday afternoon as they removed Ms. Ladisch’s body.

Ms. Ladisch, of Chevy Chase, jumped in front of the train as it was entering the station, according to witnesses and video reviewed by investigators.

The man who died Saturday has not been publicly identified.

“He had no identification on him, and it can take several days to identify him,” Ms. Smith said.

The Red Line was running on a single track Sunday afternoon between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor-Strathmore stations and between Friendship Heights and Medical Center, resulting in significant delays. Part of the delay was also because of routine track maintenance.


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