Eyewitness: "Brush-back" victim actually was a suicide attempt
An eyewitness to the "brush-back" incident at North and Clybourn on Wednesday shares his story of what really happened:
Hi. I am a Chicagoan who witnessed the incident of what happened yesterday morning at the North/Clybourn Red Line station.
I was waiting for the Southbound Red Line on the platform and there was apparently an African-American male who had some mental issues (he was constantly talking to himself in a frustrated manner) waiting for the train as well on the same platform.
When the train was coming into the station he ran across the platform and jumped right at the train as it was coming in. He bounced off the train like a rag doll and landed on the platform with his arm stuck between the platform and the train. Due to his arm being stuck he was dragged on the platform for a short distance before the train came to a grinding halt.
I'm not sure why most media outlets in Chicago say that this unfortunate person was "brushed back", "fell onto the tracks", and was "on the platform when the train struck him". None of this is true. This person actually jumped off the platform and hurled himself onto the face of an incoming train.