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White Plains Man Hit By Metro-North Train Survives

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A Metro-North Railroad train hit a White Plains man who climbed down onto the train tracks just south of the North White Plains station Monday night in an apparent suicide attempt, said Aaron Donovan, Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesperson.

Timothy Gadson, 25, suffered broken ribs and a facial fracture, but survived the incident, which took place at 10:45 p.m. just south of the train station platform at Cemetery Road. He was taken to Westchester Medical Center. The northbound train had left Grand Central Terminal at 10 p.m.

"The victim was at the North White Plains platform and got down, crawled off or somehow jumped off the platform and was on the tracks at the time the train was approaching," Donovan said. "Obviously the engineer saw something on the tracks, applied the emergency break and sounded the horn, and was fortunately able to avoid a fatal strike."

The incident caused delays of up to 45 minutes for six trains between 10:45 p.m. and 12:40 a.m.

The MTA police are investigating. The White Plains Police Department assisted with the response to the incident.

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