LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A Metro train operator and two Metro Transit Police officers are being heralded as heroes for their roles in saving the life of a 22-year-old man who intentionally jumped on the tracks in Washington Tuesday night. The entire incident was caught on tape.
Officers received reports that a man had been harassing riders at the Rhode Island Metro Station in Northeast around 9:15 p.m. When they approached him, the man said he wanted to die and leapt onto the tracks as a train approached, Metro says.
Officers waved frantically for the train to stop as it barreled toward the man, who had a change of heart and attempted to climb back onto the platform just seconds before it could reach him. The officers helped pull him up as the train came within a whisper of striking him, video shows.
The man has been taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, but was not physically harmed, officials say.
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