ATLANTA (AP) – Horrified subway riders rushed to save a woman pushed in front of a commuter train in Atlanta, and the woman’s daughter was struck by the train while trying to help, witnesses said.
A 28-year-old suspect was in custody after Sunday afternoon’s chaos at the city’s Midtown Station, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority said in a statement.
“We tried to pull them out the track,” transit rider Aiesha Bowden told WSB-TV . “The train was coming too fast, it tried to stop but it couldn’t.”
The 58-year-old mother was pushed into the path of the train, police said in a Monday update on the case. Her daughter, 27, then “jumped on the tracks in an effort to assist her mother and was struck by a train.”
The daughter was struck by the train and underwent surgery after the crash, the transit system’s police department said. She was in critical condition Monday, police said.
The mother was also hurt, but had been released from a hospital by Monday morning, police said.
Authorities haven’t explained how the mother was able to escape serious injury.
Both women were conscious and alert when taken to the hospital, police said. MARTA police have not identified the women.
Christopher Patrick Brooklin, 28, is charged with aggravated assault and battery in a public transit station. He was being held Monday in the Fulton County Jail. Jail booking records do not indicate whether he has an attorney who could be reached for comment.
North and south rail service was temporarily disrupted at the station and a shuttle link put in place before the station resumed Sunday evening.
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