A man jumped in front of a Metro train as it was arriving at the Mondawmin station last night, apparently the first suicide in the rail system's 14-year history.
The man, whose name had not been released late last night, apparently jumped from the platform of the underground station into the path of the westbound train shortly after 10 p.m., said Fire Department Battalion Chief Frank Giotis.
The man died about 10: 45 p.m., after being trapped for about 40 minutes under the middle car of the five-car train, Giotis said.
"He just took a step and jumped out," said Jose Starkes, 42, of Randallstown, a forklift operator who was waiting for the train to take him home.
The fatality was the second since the Metro rail system opened in 1983. A 60-year-old Metro operator was struck and killed while crossing tracks in a maintenance yard in 1993.
Witnesses said last night's victim, whom they described as in his late 30s or early 40s, arrived alone on the station platform moments before the train arrived.
Anthony Brown, a Mass Transit Administration spokesman, said the train had sounded its horn and was traveling about 35 mph, the standard speed for approaching a station.
Pub Date: 6/24/97