2005-10-14 / Front Page

A-Train Fall Guy Critically Injured

A man who might have been subway surfing on top of the A-Train was seriously injured early Tuesday morning when he fell and landed on the tracks at the Broad Channel Station, police said.

A witness standing on the platform told police he saw the man fall from the northbound side of the tracks and land on the southbound side at about 3 a.m., police said. NYPD Transit officers arrived to find the man lying on the tracks in a semi-conscious state. Police immediately ordered the power supplying the rails turned off and helped the man to safety.

The man, who suffered a fractured skull and pelvis in his fall, was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition. Police could not immediately say who he was because he was not carrying identification at the time of the incident. Police sources were uncertain exactly how he fell and where he fell from, but said he seemed to have fallen with force and might have been thrown from atop a Manhattan-bound train.

Although the man was badly hurt in the fall he managed to escape death on the tracks. Other Rockaway residents have not been as fortunate: A 16-year-old Broad Channel resident was killed in November 2003 when he apparently fell onto the subway tracks at the Beach 98 Street Station; and a 26-year-old Rockaway Beach man was killed in March of this year when he fell onto subway tracks in Brooklyn.

The incident caused a 1-hour suspension of service through the Broad Channel Station, police said.

Brian Magoolaghan

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