MetroLink delays rides to Busch Stadium after elderly man falls onto tracks in East St. Louis

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – MetroLink temporarily halted train service between the Busch Stadium and 5th and Missouri stations Thursday afternoon after an elderly pedestrian fell from the station platform onto the tracks and was struck by a train.

According to Captain Bruce Fleshren, a spokesman for the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred around 3 p.m. at the East Riverfront Station in East St. Louis.

A 78-year-old Dupo man was sitting on a bench waiting for a westbound train when he stood up, stumbled, and fell from the platform. As a train approached, the man tried to get off the tracks but his left leg was struck by a part of the train as it passed.

Fleshren said the man suffered abrasions to his lower left leg but his injuries were not life-threatening.

MetroLink dispatched shuttles to carry passengers between the Stadium, 8th and Pine, Convention Center, Laclede’s Landing, East Riverfront, and 5th and Missouri stations.

Service was restored to a single track at East Riverfront just after 3:30 p.m. MetroLink resumed normal operations by 4 p.m.

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