Man seriously injured trying to jump out of moving train in downtown West Palm Beach

He may have left his cell phone on the bench

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A 26-year-old man was rushed to St. Mary's Medical Center in "extremely critical condition" Monday evening after he was struck by a moving train in downtown West Palm Beach, said Allan Ortman, spokesman for West Palm Beach Fire Rescue.

The man, who has not been identified, had taken a seat on a southbound Tri-Rail train, but as the train began to pull out of the West Palm Beach Station at 209 South Tamarind Avenue, the man realized that "he left his cell phone on one of the benches," said Bonnie Arnold, spokeswoman for Tri-Rail.

He pulled the emergency cord and as the emergency doors opened, he jumped out and was struck by the moving train, Arnold said.

Around 50 passengers were on the train at the time of the accident around 8 p.m. Tri-Rail is sending another train to pick them up, Arnold said.


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