Mentally Ill Man Sits on Third Rail for C Train


A mentally disturbed gentleman was really on the hot seat Friday morning. He sat down on a protective board covering the electrified third rail at the Utica Ave. subway station station on the C line in Brooklyn Friday morning — and refused to get up, authorities said.

Transit workers had to shut off electricity to the third rail in the area for nearly an hour and C trains skipped several stations. The C locals went express between Broadway Junction and Hoyt/Schermerhorn St.

Power was cut at about 9:30 a.m. and restored at approximately 10:25 a.m. when the man either was removed or agreed to leave his perch. He was taken to Kings County Hospital, authorities said.

The third rail 600 volts of electricity to propel trains.


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