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Video: Man Pries Open CTA Train Doors And Dives Onto Platform

By Kate Shepherd in News on Dec 14, 2015 10:31PM

A strange video has surfaced online that appears to show a man opening the doors of a moving CTA train from the inside at an underground Red Line station.

He jumps off the moving train and falls violently onto the platform, as shown on this YouTube video. It isn't clear from the video if the man was badly hurt in the fall:

The original Instagram user, who posted the video over the weekend, has an account set to private.

Updated 10:15 a.m.: The CTA responded to the video with an emailed statement to Chicagoist Monday evening:

"While the incident is currently under investigation by the CTA, for reasons unknown, it appears that a passenger pulled the emergency door handle. Use of this door-pull in a non-emergency situation is not only illegal but it is dangerous to both the person involved and other passengers as well. These door pulls are a required safety feature and are located above each door in a rail car and are to only be used in an emergency.

If this feature is used while the train is in motion, the train will immediately slow to a stop and the doors will need to be manually inspected and reset by the operator. Use of it in a non-emergency situation is illegal and violators are subject to a fine and arrest."