Woman in wheelchair drives onto Foggy Bottom Metro tracks

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Six emergency vehicles and 25 emergency personnel responded to the Foggy Bottom Metro station Friday after a woman in a motorized wheelchair drove onto the tracks, authorities said.

Updated: Nov. 16, 2018 at 4:18 p.m.

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported a woman to the GW Hospital Friday afternoon after she drove her wheelchair onto the tracks at the Foggy Bottom Metro station, authorities said.

At about 1:15 p.m., an adult female in a motorized wheelchair drove off the edge of the platform onto the tracks at the Foggy Bottom station. No trains were in the area at the time, and trains were single-tracked for about 30 minutes after the incident, Dan Stessel, a spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, said.

Normal two-track service resumed at 1:46 p.m., Stessel said.

Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for D.C. FEMS, said about six emergency vehicles and 25 emergency personnel ensured that the scene was safe, removed the woman from the track bed and transported her to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This post has been updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported Dan Stessel’s title. He is a spokesman. We regret this error.

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