Blind man survives track fall as LA train arrives

2014-03-07 12:02


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Los Angeles - A blind man fell onto the tracks at a subway station as a train was arriving on Thursday, but he escaped unharmed by lying flat as the cars screeched to a halt above him, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

The train "ran over the man but didn't touch him, thank God", LA Metro spokesperson Paul Gonzales said. "In my view this is a miraculous occurrence. The man is exceedingly lucky to be alive."

The 47-year-old Los Angeles man fell from the platform at the Wilshire and Vermont station in the city's Koreatown neighborhood as a Red Line train was approaching.

The train operator blew its horn, but by the time he could stop the train, the second car had passed over the man, Gonzales said.

The man, whose identity was not released, had "no obvious injuries" and was not touched by the train, but he was taken to a hospital as a precaution, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Katherine Main said.

This is at least the third time since September 2012 that a train on the Red Line has passed over a person. In the other two instances, the people were seriously injured.

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