SOHO, N.Y. (WPIX) - In video first obtained by the PIX 11 Morning News, a man who accidentally stepped into the gap between the subway car and the platform had his leg trapped and brutally twisted after the train moved a short distance, dragging him in front of horrified onlookers.
A PIX News viewer sent in cell phone footage of the gruesome accident, which happened just after midnight Thursday as a D train prepared to pull out of Grand St. Station in Lower Manhattan.
The man was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident highlights a danger that has been a problem with several of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's stations. In January, MTA officials found that the plans for the new South Ferry subway station included a gap between train and platform that was an inch larger than the maximum size mandated by federal regulations.
The opening of the South Ferry station was delayed and the cost of fixing the mistake was estimated to be $200,000.
Critics point out that signs informing riders to "mind the gap" cannot prevent accidents during rush hour when platforms are crowded and riders are often jostled and have a difficult time looking down.
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