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Suicide attempts increasing on Metro

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(AP) - In the D.C. area's Metro system, more riders are trying to kill themselves by jumping in front of trains while the agency is months behind on a plan to reduce suicides.

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Already this year, Metro has had two suicide attempts. And The Washington Examiner reports that last year, nine people were hit by trains as they tried to kill themselves with seven dying.

Another survived a four-story jump from a parking garage at a Metro station.

Meanwhile, Metro has only trained about 180 of the 960 station managers and train operators to spot suicidal riders under a $250,000 program to reduce suicide attempts. It also has yet to post suicide hotline numbers in its stations as part of a public outreach program that was supposed to begin last January.

Information from: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com

 

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