Person Hit by Red Line Subway in NoHo, Was Stuck Under Train [UPDATE]
The Los Angeles Fire Department has just sent out an alert indicating someone has been struck by a train at the North Hollywood Red Line station, and that the person may be stuck under the railcar.
Here is the text from the LAFD alert email:
Person struck by (+ beneath?) Metro Red Line subway train.
We'll have more info as soon as it becomes available.
UPDATE 1:54 PM: The LAFD have just confirmed the person struck is under the train:
Person found beneath subway train; Working with Metro officials to de-energize 'third rail' and access
Emergency vehicles have been en route to the station on Lankershim for the past several minutes.
UPDATE 2:05 PM: The LAFD say a "rescue" is underway under the care of their specially trained teams.
UPDATE 2:15 PM: The LAFD say the victim has been extracted from under the subway car: "Patient (unconfirmed age/gender/affiliation/injuries or condition) has been removed from beneath train + will be transported to area hospital." They add that one firefighter was injured (laceration) during the rescue.
At 2:10 PM @MetroLosAngeles issued their first (and so far only) Tweet about the incident:
Red Line disruption due to medical emergency @ North Hollywood. Expect delay btwn North Hollywood + Universal City. Follow announcements ^ST— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) September 4, 2012
UPDATE 2:47 PM: A few more scant details are available about the incident. The person struck by the train is a male, according to City News Service, though his name and age has not been released. He was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and "was believed to be in cardiac arrest when transported."
It is not immediately clear how the man came to be in the path of the train; the incident is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who handle safety and law enforcement for Metro.
UPDATE 2:57 PM: Metro is not running trains between North Hollywood and Universal, and will shuttle passengers by bus instead. Expect delays of 15-20 minutes says Metro, according to City News Service.
Red Line service suspended btwn Universal City + North Hollywood due to ongoing incident. Orange Line buses shuttling to Universal City. ^ST— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) September 4, 2012
UPDATE 4:21 PM: Metro spokeswoman Anna Chen says the Red Line's North Hollywood Station has reopened, and that trains are running on a single track between the Universal City and North Hollywood stations, according to City News Service. The bus bridge between the stations has been canceled. Riders should expect delays of about 10 minutes.
UPDATE Weds. 9/5: The 54-year-old man died at the hospital. Read more here.