Man fatally struck by train at Suitland Metro station

Delays still lingering on the Green Line after a man apparently jumped in front of a train on purpose andwas fatally struck this morning.

SUITLAND, MD. (WUSA9) - A man was fatally struck by a train Wednesday morning at the Suitland Metro station, according to Metro. 

Officials say it happened around 5:10 a.m. and believe the victim died of a suicide.   

Passengers were moved over to wait for shuttle buses to take them to work and some say they had no idea what was going on.

“Some of us were supposed to be at work but we are still here,” said one upset passenger.

Metro Transit Police said the collision happened near the Suitland Metro Station. No one was on the train at the time and the victim as pronounced dead on the scene.

During the investigation, no trains were running on the Green Line between Branch Avenue and Southern Avenue.

“It is a secure railroad so there are no access gates. We are looking at those to see if those were breached. We are trying to determine if this person climbed the fence or accessed the tracks via the station,” says Metro Spokesman, Dan Stessel.

Meanwhile, would-be riders were forced to wait for buses. Clutter, confusion and frustration ensued.

“I’m supposed to get on a train,” says Dawn Williams.

“That’s not going to happen.”

“It’s delaying my commute, especially since it’s always such a hassle getting there normally on Metro,” said Nate Lucas, who is commuting to school at the Art Institute.

And while some passengers do understand, some things are just beyond our control, they say there are better ways to handle situations like this.

“When something like this happens, especially with people who use this as their transportation, Metro needs to be way more transparent. They need to say this is what happened, we are doing this,” said Williams

The victim has not been identified although Metro Police said he was an adult male. An autopsy is scheduled to determine his cause of death. 

Train service has since been restored on the Green line between Branch Avenue and Southern Avenue. 


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