Man in life-threatening condition with head injuries after being hit by moving subway train

Man in life-threatening condition with head injuries after being hit by moving subway train

A man in his 20s was in life-threatening condition with severe head injuries after he was struck by moving subway train while on the platform of Bloor-Yonge station on Friday night.

Const. Caroline de Kloet, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said Saturday that the man was impaired at the time. He was hit by a southbound train on Line 1 at the station at about 9:50 p.m.

The man was rushed to St. Michael's Hospital. 

"It has been determined that he had been drinking," she said. "The train struck him at platform level."

De Kloet said police do not consider the incident to be suspicious. Officers are reviewing surveillance camera video of the incident.

Not knocked to the tracks

Jessica Kosmack, media relations officer for the Toronto Transit Commission, said the TTC considers the incident to be accidental.

"I don't believe he was knocked to the tracks," Kosmack said. "It was a person who was accidentally hit by a moving train."

Kosmack said the TTC is still trying to determine how the accident occurred. 

"We are taking this incident very seriously," she said.

Toronto paramedics confirmed that the man was in life-threatening condition when he was transported to hospital.

Subway service was suspended from Union to Eglinton Stations for about an hour, with shuttle buses operating, but full service on Line 1 and 2 has since resumed.

Police said anyone with cellphone video is urged to contact investigators at (416) 808-5100.