BOSTON (CBS) – A young man survived a frightening fall in front of a subway train over the weekend.

Nineteen-year-old Richard Morrow of Brockton was standing on a crowded platform at the Park Street Red Line station around 6 p.m. Saturday when he suddenly fell into the pit.

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A train was pulling into the station at the time, but the driver was able to come to a complete stop before reaching the man on the tracks.

“I got the train’s attention to stop short,” said MBTA inspector Roberto Russell, who helped pull Morrow out of the pit.

Reporter Christina Hager reports

Morrow “brushed” the electrified third rail, according to an MBTA report. He was not seriously hurt.

“All he had to do was just reach out like probably less than five inches in front of him and he would have hit the third rail and he would have been electrocuted,” said Russell.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports.

Morrow was taken to Tufts Medical Center, where he was treated for a minor cut to the back of his head.

According to the MBTA police report, the man told officers, “I don’t really know what happen(ed). I think I tripped and the next thing I knew I was in the pit with a train coming towards me.”

“I had come from the Hemp Fest but had only smoked a little bit of weed.”

Ricky Morrow’s mother, Debbie Morrow, tells WBZ he was not high or drunk, but that he got jostled in the crowd on the platform, and fell. She says he went to the event to see a concert there.

“He has two little cuts,” she says. “He went to the hospital and they checked him out and made sure he was all right and he was fine.”

“He was fine. He didn’t look like he was high or anything like that.”

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager contributed to this report.

Comments (12)
  1. Isabella Jancourtz says:

    There were thousands of people on Boston Common for Hempfest 2011 on Saturday making a stand for freedom and choice. We went to see our nephew’s band “Brunt of It” perform and felt that the gathering was an important public statement against the evils of Prohibition, of which mass incarceration and the consequent destruction of families is the worst. Where is the Globe’s coverage of this event? Is this one unfortunate incident all you think the public (or the legislature) needs to know about this large and peaceful protest?

    1. Matt says:

      Hippy! Now take a bath.

  2. Joan Hogan says:

    Well I guess That sure explains everything ! I bet you would do it all over again !

  3. MamaKas says:

    At least he was on public transportation instead of driving, which is what most drinkers do. For marijuana to be illegal when alcohol is not is ridiculous. You can drink yourself to death. No one ever died from smoking pot. You never hear about a marijuana induced rage (like you do with alcohol). Most pot smokers are pretty mellow people. Take a page from their book and chill out.

  4. emom says:

    Wait now his family says he didnt smoke that much , really did you see that haze in the crowd,,, You dont have to just smoke it you can breath it in from others around you and boy that was some haze.. And did I hear his mom right,, its not his fault he fell,, he got joslted really… I think a better look at that video is in order to see just how it truely happened,,,,, gee like the drunks that have fallen on the tracks it was someone elses fault, wow,, own up to your own actions dude… mom get a clue…

  5. taxedout says:

    I saw the mother on TV this morning, and her take on the situation…The Dubie doesn’t fall far from the Plant!!!!

  6. emom says:

    It was a JOINT FEST… by the way HOW in the world was that a LEGAL EVENT…. I mean I thought large quantities were illegal,, SSSOOOOOO who hosted that HAZY LAZY SMOKE FEST. moms FULL OF IT and well smoked one to many and in denial,,,,

  7. eddwal50 says:

    time to toke up another one

  8. legalize says:

    I was there waiting for the train about 20 feet from this kid.. It was very scary and thankfully the train driver and workers were paying attention, or this could have been WAY WORSE. There was a large crowd of people there, most of which were coming from Hemp Fest (such as myself) Being HIGH had nothing to do with falling on the tracks. TRUST ME. Just an accident that could have been a tragedy. Something else happened after.. a Police Officer was yelling “WHAT THE EFF IS GOING ON” repeatedly.. someone else passed out I heard? Not sure.. we walked back up to the green line to wait for the next Braintree train there was too much chaos down there!

  9. Lucifer Higgins says:

    Anyone see that clip of a drunk woman falling onto the tracks?! Yeah, and that wasn’t even on hempfest and there were not as many people in the station that day. On the day of hempfest there were hundreds of people going through that station, yes- accidents can happen. End Marijuana Prohibition and Reform Alcohol’s. The videos shown is exactly the propaganda the government wants us to see. They strive for accidents to happen at these events to that they can report and get into our heads that Marijuana is evil. No, he lived and was saved and that’s all that matters. I’m happy he is alive because I was there when it happened and I went and got a police officer. He claims his fall was due to the amount of people there and claustrophobia. The news text you will read will show that his words were skewed to make Marijuana the focal point. I honestly can not get over how enraging this is that one incident, which should be celebrated because the young man survived, can be turned into disgusting propaganda. That’s all I have to say.

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