A man survived a brush with death on Thursday morning after falling onto the train tracks at the Union Street stop on the R line in Park Slope, according to a transit spokeswoman.
The unidentified man was very nearly struck by a Manhattan-bound R train when he tumbled onto the tracks just before 8:40 am on Thursday, the spokeswoman said. The first car rolled over the man and stopped, leaving him stuck underneath, but he managed to stay tucked into the trench between the rails and not make contact with the train, she said.
As soon as the train’s operator received a report of a man on the tracks, power was cut to the third rail, she said, and remained so for an hour.
Firefighters responding to a 911 call managed to extract the man and transport him to Lutheran Medical Center with minor injuries related to the fall, a Fire Department spokesman said. A rip in his pant leg up to the knee was the only outward sign of his ordeal as the smoke eaters carried him out of the station.