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Man videotapes self on track as train passes by

CITY police and the Metro operator are investigating a chilling incident in which a man risked his life by lying down on a subway track as a train whizzed by above him at a station on Line 3.

The man videotaped the incident on July 24 and uploaded it to a popular video-sharing website three days ago.

The video-maker claimed, at the end of the clip, that he "fell down accidentally."

However, Metro officials said it looked as though the man climbed down onto the track "intentionally."

The 50-second clip, on, showed the person climbing down onto the track as a train entered Youyi Road Station about 11pm.

The unidentified man, who was wearing blue shoes, quickly laid down on the track with his face up. The train then passes over him. After the train departed the station, the man got up and climbed back onto the platform.

There is about a 1 meter gap between the track and a subway train's undercarriage.

The train driver engaged the emergency brake, the subway operator said.

The man left before Metro staff rushed to the scene, and he hasn't been found, the operator said.

Metro officials said the incident did not have a big impact on operations since it occurred just before the station closed.

Nonetheless, police said his actions were dangerous and that the offender will be detained or fined.

Police said one or two such cases occur every month.

On March 22, a recycling collector was found dead along a Metro Line 1 track. Police said they believed he fell onto the track and was hit by a train.


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