Blind man survives track fall as LA train arrives


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

The train "ran over the man but didn't touch him, thank God," LA Metro spokesman 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 neighbourhood 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 spokeswoman 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.

Assembly elections 2019 | Get the latest news, views and analysis on elections in Haryana and Maharashtra on DeccanHerald.com


For election-related news in Maharashtra, click here

For election-related news in Haryana, click here

DH Newsletter Privacy Policy Get top news in your inbox daily
GET IT
Comments (+)