A 20-year-old man was pushed in front of a train at a Toronto subway station on Monday night, sending several passengers fleeing for their lives as it rolled toward them.
In a grainy cell phone video obtained by The Toronto Star, two middle-aged men in jeans, one with a beard, can be seen arguing loudly before pushing each other, causing a fist fight. The men then sit down to rest. The camera then pans to a young woman, who ran out of the crowd seconds before the train pulled out.
First video shows altercation between two men, including older man who pushed one of them in front of train. Witness says she ran away because she was “scared” pic.twitter.com/Q1DkUrsZC2 — Mike Nemcik (@MikeNemcik) September 11, 2017
Ten seconds into the video, the train pulls into the Bloor-Yonge station and witnesses said it sped off as the train’s doors started to close.
It was not immediately clear if the man who was pushed was seriously injured. His name has not been released.
As the train rolled toward the station, two of the people on the platform jumped onto the tracks, hoping to get underneath it. Passengers are then seen streaming across the platform as the train barreled into the station. Another woman was seen shoving a man.
The man who was pushed was knocked off of the platform and onto the tracks when he tried to reach for his girlfriend, who was on the platform nearby.
Two women chased down one of the men who pushed his friend. Cops say these are part of their investigation. pic.twitter.com/LYYvb3nU5L — Mike Nemcik (@MikeNemcik) September 11, 2017
“I was just stunned at how fast the train was coming. I heard screams and I took off running because I was afraid to get in the way and it was quite a rush,” said Sascha Pearson, who was at the station at the time. “I saw the guy laying on the tracks. I saw blood on his chest. He was gasping for air. He looked on the ground and I knew he was unconscious.”
She said she couldn’t get up quickly enough as the train hit the platform.
“I got on the platform as soon as possible,” Pearson said. “One of the girls didn’t move so I went and I grabbed her and she said someone pushed him on the platform.”
She then ran away with other panicked passengers, grabbing her friend’s belongings and running along the tracks in an attempt to escape.
“People were in tears,” Pearson said. “I’m not sure if the train actually hit me or if I just cracked my head on the tracks. I feel like I probably did, because if that doesn’t hurt, I have no idea what would.”
The TTC apologized to the passengers who were on the platform at the time, according to The Star.
“We are very sad that people would put themselves at risk. These events can be devastating and [the TTC is] offering counselling to any passengers who have been affected,” acting TTC CEO Dan Allison said.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
Read the full story at The Toronto Star.
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