Man who fell onto Red Line tracks was dancing on platform

Emergency workers responded to the Park Street Station Thursday afternoon.

A man who fell onto the MBTA Red Line tracks at Park Street station Thursday told transit police that he “missed a slick landing” while dancing on the platform, according to a police report.

The man, who was not identified, “fell into the pit, striking his head and ankle,” the officer wrote in the report released Friday by the MBTA.

The man was taken to Tufts Medical Center by Boston EMS.


Surveillance video released by the MBTA appears to show the man, who was dressed in a yellow hat and shorts, swaying as he walked near a yellow line that runs along the edge of the platform.

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The man is seen falling onto the tracks. Other passengers waiting rush to the edge to see what happened, and some waved their arms to signal an approaching train to stop, according to the video.

MBTA Joe Pesaturo said the transit agency “ . . . strongly recommends that customers not perform dance moves on the edge of a subway platform.”

Pesaturo on Thursday told the Globe that the person who fell was a woman. The record was corrected on Friday to reflect that a man was involved in the incident.

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