A newly minted doctor, walking on air after having passed his medical boards and tossed back a couple to celebrate, planted his face on the rails off the platform of the MBTA's North Station Orange Line, prompting heroic passengers to leap into the pit to save him, transit police reported.
"The 33-year-old Malden resident stated he did not remember being in the pit," a transit cop reported, describing the physician as covered in dirt and confused.
"The man stated he had two drinks to celebrate passing the medical boards and was waiting for the train home, but does not remember anything else," the police report states.
Security video shows the unnamed medicine man walking straight off the platform, face first into the tracks about 9 p.m. and narrowly missing the electrified third rail.
As he lay motionless and unresponsive to calls to get up, several horrified T riders sprang into action.
At least three people risked their own safety by jumping in and gingerly stepping around the electrified third rail to help the man onto the platform several feet above.
One man even crossed from the opposite side of the station, running across several tracks and electrified rails to come to the man's aid.
The doctor was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with a minor head injury.
"The MBTA does not encourage people to jump on the tracks," T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said. "In this situation, a customer did the right thing by immediately notifying an MBTA employee, who made sure that no trains would enter the station while the man was on the tracks."
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