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Man pushed on to subway tracks at College station

By Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

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TORONTO -- A man pulled to safety by fellow TTC riders after he was pushed onto the northbound subway tracks Wednesday night at College station.

Several riders are being lauded as heroes for getting the man up and off the track before the train pulled in.

They had no way of knowing for sure the train was actually not barrelling down on the man. In fact, said the TTC’s Brad Ross, there was an emergency call put out and the next train in the station was halted at Dundas station, one stop south.

But it still was a harried scene, said one source.

“Frightening,” the source said. “You just never know.”

In September of 1997, 23-year-old Mississauga woman Charlene Minkowski died after being “knocked from the edge of the Yonge line’s southbound platform at Dundas station as a train pulled in.”

Herbert Cheong, 41, who had suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility of parole for 15 years.

In Wednesday’s incident, police have not yet said if it was provoked or if it was a random act.

“I can’t get any information about the incident on the TTC,” said Const. Caroline de Kloet. “I will try again tomorrow.”

However TTC sources tell me police are probing and checking video.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross said it happened on the northbound platform around 9:20 p.m. He described it as “reports on scene of a man punched then pushed to track level by another, unidentified man” and “the victim was pulled back onto platform by other customers.”

A witness told the Toronto Sun the man was hurt but refused extensive medical help.

And Ross said “the victim sustained injuries to hand, scrapes to face and a sore back” and “was treated on scene but refused transport to hospital.”

In the meantime, the search is on for the person who did this.

“(Toronto Police) have direct access to our station cameras and would download the CCTV directly themselves,” said Ross, adding there was “no material delay to service.”

There is also a video available on the TTC’s website showing riders how to shut down the track’s power sources should they see someone fall to track level as this man did Wednesday night.


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