By Keosha Johnson
2:02 P.M. UPDATE:
From the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Emergency officials are responding to Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metrorail station for a report of a woman who was struck by a Green Line train at the station at about 1:18 p.m. today (April 7). The six-car train was headed in the direction of Branch Avenue. The station is currently closed and as a result there are major delays on the Green and Yellow Lines.
The preliminary report is that the woman intentionally placed herself in the path of the oncoming train.
Metro expects that a few shuttle buses will be on the scene by 2:15 p.m. to help get people around the disruption. Waits for shuttle buses will be extremely lengthy (upwards of one hour) as the buses will be dealing with traffic. Additionally, the buses only carry 50 people, but a crowded train can carry in the neighborhood of 800 people.
Customers may take Metrobus Routes 70, 71 and 79, which operate along Georgia Avenue to get around the incident.
Customers should expect significant rail delays throughout the remainder of the afternoon as emergency personnel respond to the scene.
The Yellow Line is currently split into two segments. It is running from Huntington to Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station and from the Shaw-Howard U to Fort Totten Metrorail stations. The Green Line is operating from Branch Avenue to Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail stations and from Greenbelt to the Shaw-Howard U Metrorail stations.
UPDATE: The Mt. Vernon Square station is closed, and train delays can be expected in both directions on the green and yellow lines.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority reports a person was struck by a train at the Mt. Vernon Square station.