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Man rescued after fall into Metro Rail station track bed

A man suspected of being under the influence of drugs fell into the track bed at Metro Rail’s Humboldt-Hospital station Tuesday evening and was rescued by Good Samaritans just before a train arrived, officials said.

The man, between 25 and 30 years old, fell into the track bed on the inbound side of the platform at 6:50 p.m. while holding a hypodermic needle, said C. Douglas Hartmayer, a spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, operator of the Metro Rail system.

The Good Samaritans jumped into the track bed and rolled the man to safety under the platform’s overhang before the train arrived, he said. The man was then lifted onto the platform by the Good Samaritans, Buffalo firefighters and NFTA police. He was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for evaluation.

No one was injured by the train, but the man may have suffered minor injuries in the fall, Hartmayer said.

An investigation by NFTA transit police is continuing.