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Blind man, guide dog, safe after falling in front of subway train

NEW YORK - At approximately 9:30 Tuesday morning, customers on the northbound platform at 125 St alerted subway personnel that a blind customer and his service dog had fallen onto the northbound express tracks at the station.

A construction flagger at the station observed the customer on the roadbed and instructed the customer to stay down in the trough between the rails and not attempt to climb back up onto the platform.

Other customers attempted to alert the train operator of an approaching northbound A train to stop.  Contrary to initial reports, the train operator was unable to stop in time and 1 ½ cars did pass over the customer.  The train did not come in contact with the customer and he was removed with minor lacerations to his head to St. Luke’s Hospital.  There were no noticeable injuries to the dog.

Service from 59 St to 145 St was impacted for about an hour.

The incident remains under investigation.