Transit police save man trying to jump in front of Metro

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Two Metro Transit Police officers and a Red Line train operator are the reason a 22-year-old D.C. man, who tried to jump in front of a train at Rhode Island Avenue Station Tuesday night is still alive.

Metro Transit Police responded to the station around 9:15 p.m. for a man who was acting disorderly, Metro said. Upon arrival, the officers saw the man jumped off of the platform and onto the tracks. Metro said, he was yelling that he wanted to die.

The man jumped onto the tracks as soon as the platform warning lights were flashing, indicating the arrival of a train going in the direction of Shady Grove authorities said.

People on the platform tried to get the train to stop by waving their hands, Metro stated. The two Metro Transit Police officers radioed for the traffic to be halted. The operator of the train realized what was going on and activated the train's emergency braking system.

The man still tried again to jump in front of the train, however officers reacted quickly and pulled him out of the train's path, according to Metro.

The 22-year-old was taken to the hospital for mental evaluation. He was not hurt, Metro said.


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