Man's Leg Amputated After Apparent Metrorail Suicide Attempt

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In order to save a man who found himself trapped underneath a Metrorail train, rescue workers had to amputate one of his legs. Police believe the incident may have been the result of a botched suicide attempt. The station at Douglas Road, where the incident occurred, is closed in both directions as police investigate.

NBCMiami reports that the incident happened around 3:15 p.m., and that the man has been taking to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he is in unknown condition.

The man is believed to have purposely jumped in front of the train as it approached the station. According to El Nuevo Herald, rescue workers had to wait until electricity was shut off to the rail before a team of three paramedics could assist him. The train had already severed much of his left leg.

No details on the man's identity or what may have caused him to try and commit suicide on the elevated rail system have been released.

The closure will put a hitch in many commuter's travel route, as no trains will be able to pass through the station until the investigation is complete.

The county is setting up bus service to transport commuters between Vizcaya and University station until the Douglas Road station is reopened.

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