WASHINGTON – Metro says a teenager was hit by a six-car Yellow Line Metro train at the Columbia Heights station on Thursday afternoon, and the boy died of his injuries at a local hospital.
It happened around 2 p.m. D.C. Fire & EMS spokesman Pete Piringer says the boy was hit by an inbound Yellow Line train in the center platform of the station. He was found in what is known as the refuge area, between the tracks but underneath the train.
Rescue workers pulled the boy from the tracks and took him to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Piringer. Metro officials tell FOX 5 the boy later died.
It’s not yet known why the boy was struck, but Metro’s website says preliminary indications are that the person put themselves in the path of the train intentionally. The victim has not yet been identified.
Columbia Heights Metrorail station is open. It was closed from 1:55 to 2:40 p.m. while emergency crews responded to the scene.
Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel tells FOX 5 that all service on both the Green and Yellow Lines has now returned to normal. Earlier in the afternoon, there were delays for riders due to the accident.