Man Throws Himself Under Train
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – A man who is in his fifties and wheelchair bound is in the hospital after throwing himself in front of an oncoming train in San Francisco, California on Monday!
Witnesses say the man jumped from the chair onto the subway tracks leaving his wheelchair behind!
Thankfully he was not hit by the train although he was trapped underneath the train and was rescued by firefighters!
A wheelchair-bound man is recovering in hospital after throwing himself in front of an oncoming train in a San Francisco metro station yesterday.
Lunchtime travellers at the Powell Street stop watched as the man, who has been described by police as ‘a male in his fifties’, jumped onto the tracks of an outbound N-Judah train at around 12.26pm.
Leaving his wheelchair behind, the man was not struck by the train but became trapped underneath and has reportedly sustained injuries from the fall.
The horrific incident occurred during San Francisco’s busy lunch hour period and was witnessed by many according to the police department’s Public Information Officer, Albie Esparza.
‘He intentionally jumped in front of the train,’ Mr Esparza told MailOnline adding that the unidentified man is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
Police personnel and the San Francisco Fire Department had differing accounts as to the extent of the victims injuries but both organisations agreed they occurred from the fall rather than by the train itself.
Mindy Talmadge, public information officer for the San Francisco Fire Department, was told that they were ‘life threatening’ while other reports claimed they were minimal.
Paul Rose from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency confirmed that the train operator spotted the jumper in time and hit the emergency brakes.
‘It took about fifteen minutes to get him out from under the tracks which fire fighters did without moving the train,’ Ms Talmadge told MailOnline.
Nevertheless, the metro service at Powell Station was suspended in both directions for a full hour before resuming its schedule at around 1.20pm.