Metro Train Hits Woman at Rhode Island Avenue

By Peter DePaolis

A Metro train struck a woman at the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood station last month at around 2:24 p.m. The accident victim apparently trapped herself between the third rail and the chain link fence when the train accident occurred. Rescuers moved the 23-year-old victim to the platform level where DC Fire and EMS evaluated her before transporting her to MedStar with life-threatening injuries.

According to the Metro Transit Police Department, the woman was on the northbound tracks when the Red Line train struck her. She was conscious and breathing when rescue workers pulled her from the tracks. Authorities said the train was traveling slowly when it struck her.

Workers evacuated the station during the rescue operation. Trains were able to pass through the area but with long delays while the trains shared one track. Metro officials were able to communicate the delays immediately. Some witnesses wondered how the woman gained access to the tracks so easily.

Public transportation injuries are common on trains and buses in the DC area. Contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer if you suffer injuries in a public transportation accident. Paulette Chapman is a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis and she can help you pursue a claim for your injuries.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.