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Metro Rail strikes man; service suspended

A man is in "very serious" condition after he was struck by an outbound Metro Rail car Saturday afternoon, and rail service was suspended temporarily.

The accident was reported at 1:45 p.m. when the driver of the rail car saw that a man had been struck about 200 yards into the tunnel just past the Theater District station, said C. Douglas Hartmayer, a spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

"We don't know where he was struck," Hartmayer said. "We are in the process of reviewing footage from numerous cameras located outside the rail car, along the tracks and at the entrance of the tunnel."

The man is believed to be in his 30s, Hartmayer said.

"The operator stopped the car as soon as he could," Hartmayer said.

Metro Rail service in both directions was suspended until about midafternoon, when it reopened from the University Campus Station to the Allen Medical  Campus Station, with  Metro Bus providing service to the Erie Canal Harbor Station, Hartmayer said.

The rail car involved in the accident has been taken out of service and will be inspected, Hartmayer said.


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