Man Struck by Red Line Metro Train

Monday, Aug 1, 2011  |  Updated 9:23 PM EDT
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The scene outside the Friendship Heights Metro station after a person was reportedly struck by a train.

The scene outside the Friendship Heights Metro station after a person was reportedly struck by a train.

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Rescue crews extricated a man who was struck and pinned underneath a Metro train Monday afternoon. 

According to investigators, the adult male was hit by a Red Line train at the Friendship Heights station at about 4:30 p.m. 

Rescuers had to go through a train and out the back door of the last car in order to get to the person on the tracks, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.

It took D.C. and Montgomery County firefighters 20 minutes to free the man from the train.  He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.  Investigators are unsure how the man ended up on the tracks in the first place.

The Friendship Heights Metro Station was closed temporarily, and trains had to single track in the area for several hours, causing major backups during rush hour. 

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