January 20th, 2009
10:58 AM ET
3 years ago

As thousands crowd DC's Metro system, woman falls on the tracks

Metro is expecting record crowds today.
Metro is expecting record crowds today.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A woman fell on the tracks at the Gallery Place-Chinatown stop at 9: 25 am. “Reports are that the person is still alive but we don’t have any indication as to how badly hurt they are,” said Metro spokesman Doug Karas.

He did not know how she ended up on the tracks, and he had no reports yet as to what happened to cause the accident.

Right now, red line trains are stopping at Judiciary Square and Farragut North, and turning around. Red line trains are not stopping at Gallery Place and Metro Center, the two downtown stations that serve as the hubs of Washington's Metro system.

UPDATE, 10:30 am: DC Fire Department public information officer Alan Etter says the victim is 68 years old, not 50. Etter again said the woman was not hit by a train, as officials first reported, and was hurt when she fell on the tracks. Her injuries are not serious.

Delays linked to the incident continue throughout the system.


Filed under: Inauguration
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    According to CNN interviewees, they managed to get around security checks and onto the Mall.

    Surely CNN would report this violation to security for the sake of safety?

    January 20, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Ray Fisher

    Everyone please pray for calm in our nation today and all days. We must rejoice while remaining safe!!!

    January 20, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. lmk98

    And the chaos begins....

    January 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Davenport

    Why don't people just watch it on TV, that way you don't have to admit you were there four years from now plus it is safer and warmer too!

    January 20, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Justin Stuhlsatz

    Why pray for calm today? Shouldn't we be praying that the millions of people crazy enough to travel to Washington just to catch a 5 second glimpse of Obama remain intelligent? Maybe thats asking too much for people who have collectively spent billions of dollars to flock to DC. Make sure that these millions of people don't get the next round of stimulus money... apparently they don't need it!

    January 20, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Dionne

    You couldn't pay me to be in D.C. right now......anything could happen.

    January 20, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. So!

    Maybe it was Ann Coulter.

    January 20, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Terese Martindell-Tyner

    May God Bless the Obama Family and all our leaders.
    God Bless the World!

    January 20, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Joe in NJ

    The problem is most people aren't used to being in large crowds like this. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and not think about safety first. Let's hope everyone stays safe.

    January 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. bogus

    guess these people don't know how to ride a subway!

    January 20, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. frank dan

    This is an historic Day for everyone who agrees with Obama's Policy or not...Lets put divisions aside and embrace this great moment our our lifetime. God bless AMERICA

    January 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. BigC

    It took to 9:25 for this to happen – I'm actually kind of shocked it took that long. Metro better figure out how to fix this. Turning around truly isn't an option in DC on Metro. (Gosh I hate the stupid system)

    January 20, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Chris

    And Obama said he was going to bring change to our country.... The virtual martial law lockdown of DC today says otherwise. Thanks for nothing Barry.

    January 20, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. common sense

    she'll be alright. I just said a prayer for her and everyone else that is celebrating today. God Bless America

    January 20, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Adam

    This happened at the Marine Corps marathon too. The escalators continue to push people down onto the platform, but then suddenly the platform is full and the escalator is still piling people down. Creates quite a panic because hey, a train is coming sometime soon.

    January 20, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. P. Mathew

    Wow. Already there is some issue that potentially involves bodily injury. It's like stores are offering a 90% Off Inauguration Day Sale and everyone's trying to get their hands on some deals.

    January 20, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Margret Dugan

    The word "brotherhood," is NOT cheesy – – at this time, especially, it is the one word that sums up the emotion that glues us ALL together. It is a time for deeply felt words, thoughts and, most importantly, actions.

    So for this one day, let us all be cheesy and filled with the goodness of patriotism and even some emotional cotton candy.

    It feels great to be an American today.

    Every good wish to the world, -md

    January 20, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Carles Miller

    As we take in the importance and greatness of this event and reflect on those who paved the way. As an AMERICAN, as a BLACK AMERICAN, and as a TEXAN, I encourage us not to overlook the importance of George H. W. Bush selecting Gen. Powell to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and George W. Bush selection of Colin Powell as Secretary of State.

    Neither of these presidents had to appoint an African American to such a prominent position. This not only let the citizens of the US but the whole world see an African American in helping develop world policy. There is no doubt that all the great icons in civil rights history cleared the path, leveled the path, and aligned the pave stones. Whether intended or not Bush 41 and 43 laid the last paving stones for Mr. Obama to walk down this pristine path.

    Carles Miller, Palestine, TX

    January 20, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. shoe party

    Was it Limbaughs mom?

    January 20, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Cathy Richardson

    I wonder how much she'll sue for.......

    January 20, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Lucas

    These are some of the least constructive comments, ever.

    January 20, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Alan

    Chris January 20th, 2009 10:34 am ET

    And Obama said he was going to bring change to our country…. The virtual martial law lockdown of DC today says otherwise. Thanks for nothing Barry.

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    The lockdown is because of the enormity of the event. The number of people who just want to feel a part of this huge historic day. You've obviously been blinded by Bush and his party of negativity. Go hide somewhere. Plan on staying there 8-16 years. We the People HAVE learned and we've spoken. Majority Rules isn't always fun, is it, Chris? Too bad.

    January 20, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |