Blind man, 80, rescued after falling off Metro-North platform

A northbound train pulls into the Rye Metro-North A northbound train pulls into the Rye Metro-North station. (May 31, 2012) Photo Credit: Photo by Angela Gaul

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An elderly blind man wandered off the edge of a Metro-North train platform in Rye Saturday morning and had to be rescued by police after he fell about three feet to another ledge below, officials said.

The 80-year-old man had just gotten off a train around 9:40 a.m. and was waiting for his niece to pick him up, said Marjorie Anders, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. He continued along, walking on the yellow strip with raised dots that warn passengers they are near the platform's edge.

"He walked off the west end of the platform," Anders said. "He was headed for the staircase so he just misjudged it and went over the edge of the platform."

Officers from the Rye and MTA police departments were able to reach the man and brought him back onto the platform within 10 minutes.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to Greenwich Hospital for stitches and evaluation and was expected to survive, Anders said.

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