Man narrowly escapes after jumping onto Metro tracks

WASHINGTON — Metro credits a train operator and two Metro Transit Police officers with saving a man who jumped onto the tracks Tuesday night.

Around 9:15 p.m. on the Rhode Island Avenue station, police responded to reports of a man harassing riders, says Metro in a news release. As officers approached, the man jumped onto the tracks saying he wanted to die. A Red Line train was close to arrival at the same time. Metro Transit Police radioed for the train to stop as other ides waved their arms. Seeing the commotion, the train operator initiated the emergency brakes.

As the train arrived, the man tried to climb back to the platform. Officers helped pull him over as the train came to a stop, narrowly missing the man.

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