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Firefighters rescue man trapped at Central West End MetroLink station

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Firefighters working to free a man who became trapped at the Central West End MetroLink station Thursday night (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department / Twitter) Firefighters working to free a man who became trapped at the Central West End MetroLink station Thursday night (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department / Twitter)
A man's legs are seen after he became wedged between the platform at train at the Central West End MetroLink station (Credit: Leon Ferguson) A man's legs are seen after he became wedged between the platform at train at the Central West End MetroLink station (Credit: Leon Ferguson)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Firefighters rescued a man who fell and became wedged between a MetroLink train and the platform near Barnes Jewish Hospital late Thursday night.

The man, who had just gotten off a train, fell head first and landed between two connected MetroLink trains at the Central West End station around 11:30 p.m., according to firefighters. Metro says the train operator looked and saw there was nobody on the yellow safety edge of the platform before closing the train doors.  After the man fell, the train started moving but the operator quickly stopped.

"The train started to move forward and we heard a boom commotion and the lady that was on the platform started screaming," said Leon Ferguson, who witnessed the incident. 

The woman who screamed signaled at the train operator to stop as Ferguson and other bystanders tried easing the man's fears. Ferguson said the man was alert but didn't fully understand what was going on.

"I probably think he was intoxicated a little bit, it seems like that's probably what saved him," he said.

Only the man’s legs were visible from the platform when emergency crews first arrived on the scene. Firefighters used airbags and the “Jaws of Life” to push the train away from the platform and pull the man out.

The man sustained injuries to his legs and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Metro officials said train service was disrupted for more than an hour due to the incident.

Metro later released the following statement, that read in part: 

Safety is our top priority and MetroLink operators are trained in safety procedures to avoid contact with passengers, pedestrians, other vehicles or objects that may be on the tracks. The bright yellow, textured warning strips on every MetroLink platform were installed to alert passengers they are approaching the edge of the platform. In addition, Metro operators verbally warn riders to get clear of doors before closing them and before moving the train from the platform.  

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