Man hurt after falling onto tracks at MARTA station

ATLANTA -- A blind man was hurt when he fell onto the tracks in front of a train at the Civic Center MARTA station in downtown Atlanta early Tuesday evening.

Witnesses told 11Alive's Devin Fehely that the man was a regular MARTA rider who was waiting for a northbound train at the station.

MARTA spokesperson Alisa Jackson said the 39-year-old blind man actually heard a southbound train arrive in the station, stop and open its doors. Thinking the sound he heard was the northbound train that he was waiting for, the man stepped forward and tumbled off of the platform onto the tracks below.
Seeing what was happening, other passengers in the station were able to flag down the operator of the oncoming northbound train, getting him to stop the train before it struck the man on the tracks.

"We are very thankful for our other alert customers who were able to help keep this situation from being a devastating one," Jackson said.

The victim suffered some injuries from the fall, but he was not hit or hurt by the oncoming train.

Paramedics were able to get the man up off of the tracks and transported him to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was recovering Tuesday night.


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