Man run over by A Line train after falling off Downtown Long Beach platform

A man was taken to a local trauma center in critical condition after he fell off a Metro platform and was run over by the A Line train in Downtown Long Beach Friday night, authorities said.

The man in his mid-30’s somehow fell off the platform at Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue before he was run over by the front wheels of an incoming train, fire department spokesman Jake Heflin said.

Before he was hit, people had flagged down police officers to tell them a man was on the train tracks.

“Before officers could get to the male, he was struck by an oncoming train, sustaining injuries to his upper and lower torso,” police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said.

First responders arrived on the scene at about 5:30 p.m. The man remained trapped under the car until they were able to extract him around 5:53 p.m. He was transported to a local hospital in critical but stable condition, De Prez said.

Los Angeles Metro tweeted that the A Line would have 15 minutes delays because of the incident. It recommended riders use the Los Angeles-bound platform at Anaheim Street.

Northbound Pacific Avenue is closed between Fourth and Fifth streets while police investigate, according to De Prez.

Long Beach police investigate after a man fell from a Metro train platform onto the tracks and was run over by a train near Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue on Friday, December 13, 2019. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.