MARTA train service resumes after man jumps onto tracks

There was lots of confusion at the Arts Center station, according to passengers waiting on the platform. An unknown emergency situation at the Lindbergh MARTA station caused major delays on the north and south rail lines Thursday morning, officials said.



MARTA train service has resumed after an emergency situation at the Lindbergh station caused major delays on the north and south rail lines Thursday morning.

Rail service was stopped just before 7:30 a.m. when a man jumped in front of a southbound train, MARTA police Cpl. Brian Lauda told He was taken to a local hospital, but it is not clear if the train hit him. Lauda said the man is stable. MARTA declined to identify him.

“The man involved was not seriously injured and was able to walk to the waiting ambulance on his own,” said MARTA spokeswoman Stephany Fisher.


The tracks were cleared about 8:30 a.m., and a bus bridge was discontinued between the Arts Center and Buckhead stations just after 9 a.m., according to the transit agency.


During the disruption in service, crowds and confusion grew at nearby stations. Transit riders thronging to the bus lane at the Arts Center station asked drivers what was happening.


Tony Young, an electrical engineer for Norfolk Southern, said he experienced about a 20-minute delay at the Lakewood station. He wasn’t too bothered, though.

“They actually told us what’s going on this time,” he said. “It’s good to know at least they’re trying to keep us informed.”

Lauda said the incident is still under investigation.

— Staff writers Pete Corson, Meris Lutz and Jeremy Redmon contributed to this article.

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