Los Angeles County Fire deptartment rescused a man from beneath a train Tuesday at the North Hollywood Red Line station. He was rushed to Cedars Sinai hospital where he is currently in critical condition fighting for his life.
According to Brian Humphrey of the LAFD, the call came in at 1:42 p.m. and within minutes firefighters who arrived at the scene saw a man on the tracks trapped beneath a train. Soon 40 members of the LAFD urban search and rescue team de-energized the deadly third rail of the downtown-bound track and used special equipment to gingerly lift the 82,000 lb, 70 foot car and slid the man out and onto the platform above.
"It's unfortunate, but the man may have attempted suicide," said Metro Media Relations Director Marc Littman who stressed that the incident is still being investigated by LA County Sheriffs who are reviewing surveilance camera footage.
The North Hollywood station remains closed as of 4 p.m. Metro has set up a North Hollywood bus bridge between the affected station and the Universal station using 13 busses to transport commuters.
Littman says "it's hard to say" when the station will re-open. If the man dies the station could remain closed for much longer than if he lives, says Littman.
One firefighter was injured from a laceration to the head during the rescue, Humphrey said, but that injury was treated and was only minor.
[Update 4:20 p.m. The North Hollywood Station has reopened according to Metro. Trains, though are currently running on just a single track between the Universal City and North Hollywood stations, which can cause a delay of 10 minutes from the scheduled times. The bus bridge is canceled says Anna Chen of Metro.]
[Update 5:36 p.m. Trains are running on both tracks now at the North Hollywood station, according to Littman.]
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