Man injured reaching for phone on moving train
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A Tri-Rail passenger risked his life to retrieve his cell phone while the train was moving.
Twenty-six-year-old Eddie Diaz hopped aboard a Tri-Rail train headed for Miami, Monday night, in West Palm Beach. He had no clue his trip would end in the emergency room.
Diaz is seen on surveillance video getting on the train and quickly sitting down. However, 40 seconds later, Diaz is seen again. The doors have already closed, the train is moving, but Diaz looks like he wants to get off. "It appears that he left his cellphone on the bench at the station," said Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold.
Diaz pulled the emergency cord, pries the doors open and jumps off the moving train. "He tripped and fell on the platform," said Arnold. "It was raining all day. It was very slippery."
What you do not see is Diaz losing his balance and falling backwards on his head. Investigators said the train almost ran over him.
Paramedics rushed him to the hospital with critical injuries.
Arnold said they installed the emergency mechanism on their trains for a different reason. "If you're stopped in the station. and for some reason. someone gets stuck in the door before it starts moving while the train is stopped, then is the time to break that glass and pull that cord to release the door," said Arnold. "Not when the train is moving at 18 miles an hour."
Passengers were eventually told to get off the train. They had to wait nearly two hours before another train left the station.
Diaz remains in the hospital with a head injury.
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