Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Man's Body Found On Tracks Shuts Down Metromover

I woke up early this morning and couldn't help thinking about Beno after hearing a story on the news...

A 45-year-old man who jumped from a Metromover platform early Wednesday morning to retrieve his wind-blown hat was crushed to death by one of the driverless trains.

The victim, who was not identified until his family is notified, jumped from the 11th Street station platform along with a second man about 5:42 a.m. to retrieve the hat, said Richard Snedden, Miami-Dade Transit's assistant rail director.

The other man was able to pull himself back up to the platform before the oncoming train arrived at the station.

The victim, whom Snedden described as a bit heavier, was unable to pull himself up to the platform and also tried to ascend a locked maintenance staircase at the edge of the station.

When he was unable to scale those stairs, he started running away from the speeding train and was pinned between the platform and the train, Snedden said.

He was declared dead at the scene. Using straps, ropes and inflatable bags, Miami Fire Department crews dislodged the man's body at 10:52 a.m.

The Omni loop of the Metromover was closed until just before noon. The transit system provided shuttle buses along the route.

The entire incident was captured on surveillance videos, Snedden said.

Joining the crew in '99 I never had the chance to meet Beno, but your spirt lives on in all of us.

Rest in Power Jayson Fleenor aka Beno.

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