PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man was hit by a Light Rail train in Phoenix and trapped underneath it for a time Wednesday.

Light Rail hits man

It happened at about 11:30 a.m. at First Avenue and Van Buren Street.

"Initially, it was reported the man jumped in front of the train," Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said. "However, it appears he may have tripped and fallen in front of the train."

The first crew on the scene was able to extricate the man, according to Capt. Kenny Overton of the Phoenix Fire Department. 

"They were able to lift up the front part of the train -- the Phoenix Fire Department -- to be able to get him out," Thompson said.

The man, who is believed to be 54, suffered "extensive injuries" and was taken to the hospital.

"It appears that he's going to survive those injuries," Thompson said.

The incident happened close to the station so it's not clear how fast the train was going or what -- if anything -- the driver could have done to prevent it.

"Our Light Rail drivers do a great job of driving cautiously and stuff, but to have someone jump out [or fall] in front of the train, that is a shocking event," Thompson said.

Valley Metro tweeted that the platforms at First Avenue and Van Buren Street, First Avenue and Jefferson Street and Third and Washington streets will be closed. 

Thompson said officers are talking to witnesses to determine exactly what happened.

He also said detectives hope to have the on-scene portion of their investigation wrapped up before the afternoon commute, but warned that people should be aware of the possibility of delays. 

[MAP: First Avenue and Van Buren Street, Phoenix]

 


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