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Man Hit By Red Line Metro Train Was Blind

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By Mana Rabiee

Spokesmen for D.C.'s first responders say the man who was struck by a Metro train this morning was blind and may have accidentally walked off the station platform as the train approached.

D.C. Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Crosswhite describes the scene that awaited his fire rescue team around 7:30 this morning at the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station on the Red Line. "Units arrived on the scene and they found that they had a gentleman who was lodged underneath the first train car, the first train car of the metro itself."

A D.C. Metro Police spokesmen says the man was blind and may have simply walked off the platform by accident. Crosswhite says he was conscious and alert while being removed from under the train.

"He was in pain and he was packaged up carefully protecting his c-spine area." The man was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries described as not life threatening.

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