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Woman pushed in front of MARTA train; man in custody

Police have a 28-year-old man in custody who allegedly pushed a woman into the path of a MARTA train Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses watched in horror as the incident involving the unidentified man unfolded at the Midtown station on Peachtree Place. A second person tried to save the woman, they said.

According to Channel 2 Action News, both people were hit.

One person, described by MARTA police as a 27-year-old patron, was in surgery, according to a tweet from the agency.

The other person, 58, is in stable condition, MARTA police said in the tweet.

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“I saw a girl jumping try to help her mom but the train was right there,” an unidentified witness told Channel 2 Action News. “It was unavoidable.” 

Aiesha Bowden said the train tried to stop, but “it couldn’t.”

It took nearly 30 minutes to rescue the injured, but they were “conscious and alert” when they were taken to a local hospital, MARTA police said.

The emergency situation brought MARTA to a standstill, temporarily closing both the north and south lines.

 

The Midtown station was temporarily closed, with northbound bus shuttles transporting passengers to Midtown from North Avenue and southbound shuttles to Midtown from Arts Center.

 

MARTA reported after 7 p.m. that service had resumed at the station.

  

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