Friday, June 15, 2012

FOX Chicago: Man hospitalized after being pushed onto Red Line tracks

If you're waiting for a train be alert out there! One never knows what possesses anyone to push people onto the train tracks! This incident occurred on Wednesday!
About 8:10 a.m. at the Red Line station at 79th Street and the Dan Ryan, Linda Logan was waiting for her train downtown when she heard screaming from the southbound platform and saw a man lying on the tracks.

Among the screaming, she heard someone say, "Daddy, daddy!" And "People kept saying, ‘He pushed him, he pushed him,'" Logan said Thursday.

"We were horrified," she said. She said everyone was "standing there in horror" as the man lay on the tracks.

He was "knocked out" and unable to move after falling, she said, and were it not for the actions of some good Samaritans who pulled him up from the track level, she doesn't know what would have happened.

"That man could have been dead," Logan said.

Those who witnessed the incident said a homeless man pushed the other man onto the tracks, she said.

At 8:14 a.m. Wednesday, Chicago Fire Department paramedics took a man from the platform to St. Bernard Hospital, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said. He was taken via basic life support ambulance, so his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said a rider fell onto the right-of-way from the southbound platform Wednesday morning. She had no details on how he fell, but noted there was no contact with a train or the third rail.

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