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This report was updated at 10:45 a.m. June 1, 2012.

A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority employee who was struck and pinned by a train near the Shady Grove Metro station Tuesday afternoon remains in critical condition, according to WMATA officials.

The man, a mechanic with 28 years of service with WMATA, was struck by a non-revenue four-car train in the car wash facility at the Shady Grove train yard at 12:55 p.m., according to a Thursday update from WMATA. The manís leg was pinned beneath a train, said WMATA spokesman Philip Stewart. The train was not in service and Red Line service was not disrupted, Stewart said.

Stewart said itís unlikely WMATA will release the name of the employee.

National Transportation Safety Board officials are continuing their investigation to determine what may have caused the incident. A witness reported that the employee stepped into the path of the lead railcar, according to WMATA.

The incident appears to have been accidental, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. Graham arrived at the rail yard just after 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and confirmed the man was conscious and receiving treatment from county paramedics as of 1:52 p.m.

ďA Metro worker who was walking in the yard stepped in front of the train and is currently trapped underneath the train,Ē Graham said. According to a 2:15 p.m. post on Grahamís fire and rescue Twitter account, the man was extricated and en route to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

jarias@gazette.netStaff Writer Aaron Kraut contributed to this story.