A person who trespassed near the Rockville Metro Station Tuesday was struck by a train and partially trapped, officials say.
The person climbed a fence and was south of the station when they were struck, WMATA says.
Crews responded to near the Rockville Metro Station before sunrise for a technical rescue.
Personnel cut a hole in a fence then hoisted the injured person from the tracks to medical professionals waiting near Saint Mary's Church, Montgomery County Fire Spokesman Pete Piringer said.
The person suffered traumatic injuries, fire officials said. It's unclear why they were in the fenced-off Metro area.
Metro nixed a plan to offload passengers from the striking train. WMATA said police and firefighters would direct passengers to walk back to the station in the rain, but ultimately decided to keep them on the train for upwards of an hour until the rescue cleared.
Trains are no longer single-tracking between Shady Grove and Twinbrook, WMATA says. Residual delays are possible.
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Editor's Note (Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:42 a.m.): Montgomery County Fire identified the victim as a woman, but Metro later said the victim is male.
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