A man in a wheelchair fell off a platform at the MBTA's Broadway Station and into the train pit late Wednesday night, sustaining lacerations and breaking his right ankle, authorities said.
A witness told MBTA Transit Police that she noticed a man in a wheelchair move away from an elevator at the end of the platform and turn toward the tracks. She said the man drove directly into the pit area, according to a police report.
It was not clear from the report why the wheelchair-bound man rode into the pit at the South Boston station. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.
MBTA General Manager Richard Davey said today that it appeared the man meant to drive his wheelchair onto the tracks.
"As far as we know, the customer, we believe, purposefully moved the wheelchair onto the tracks," he said. He said it wasn't the first time the man had steered his chair onto the tracks.
"It's probably safe to say they have some other issue they need to deal with," he said of the man.
The next train was scheduled to arrive seven minutes after the time the incident was reported, 11:59 p.m.
When the man fell onto the tracks, it triggered an alarm both at the T's downtown control center and at a video monitoring facility at South Station. An employee at the monitoring facility shut off power to the third rail, Davey said.
The unidentified man was rescued by MBTA personnel, MBTA Transit Police, and Boston firefighters, and was treated on scene by Boston EMS.
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