February 13, 2009

The Toronto Transit Commission issued the following statement regarding this afternoon’s incident at Dufferin Station.

This afternoon at approximately 4:50 p.m., two young people were pushed in front of an oncoming eastbound subway train as it entered Dufferin Station. One youth was able to crawl under the platform and avoid being struck by the train. The other youth suffered undetermined, non-life-threatening injuries.

A suspect was arrested shortly afterwards, and police continue to investigate this very serious incident.

The TTC’s number one priority is the safety and security of its customers and employees. We are all extremely grateful that these two children were not killed. The TTC has a number of safety features in its subway system, including designated waiting areas, CCTV cameras linked to Collector booths, and tactile yellow strips indicating the edge of the subway platform.

On-board trains, there are passenger assistance alarms (the yellow strips) that should be used whenever someone feels threatened or is being harassed, or witnesses any unsafe or criminal activity. There is also an emergency stop lever on every subway car that can be used in life-threatening situations.

The TTC thanks the Toronto Police Service for their quick response and arrest of a suspect, as well as a station collector who apprehended and held the suspect for police. The TTC also would like to express its deepest concern for its two young passengers and their parents, as they come to terms with today’s incident.

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