Drunk Man Looking For A Fight On NYC Subway Gets Thrown Onto Third Rail And Electrocuted


NEW YORK - Victim or instigator?

Either way, a man miraculously survived when his head made contact with the third rail after being shoved off the crowded platform of a Brooklyn subway station, PIX11 News has learned.

The incident began when the man -- police sources identify as 44-year-old Andy Morris -- got into a verbal argument with another passenger while on a Queens-bound A train Monday night. Morris got off the train at the Broadway Junction station in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 11:30 p.m. where the argument continued onto the subway platform.

Marlon Probherbs, a man who witnessed the entire incident, told PIX 11 News, Morris was as much an instigator as he was victim. Probherbs exited the A train along with the arguing men. He says the 44-year-old man took a couple swings at a much younger and smaller man. In self-defense, the young man pushed the aggressor, according to Probherbs.

Witness tell investigators Morris was intoxicated and arguing with a younger man. In addition, at one point they claim, either the younger man or yet a third man shoved Morris onto the tracks, ultimately causing him to smack his head on the live third rail which carries 625 volts.

Smoke emerged from Morris' face and his body twitched violently. Witnesses who saw the entire incident told PIX 11 News they were certain he was killed.

Police sources say two civilians were climbing down onto the tracks when the first officer to arrive at the scene ordered them out for their own safety so electricity could be cut off to the area. Morris was reportedly unconscious and unresponsive when first removed, but he was still breathing.

Initially rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, Morries was later transferred to the Burn Center at Staten Island University Hospital. Doctors say he is expected to survive

Police have several witnesses to the case, and are still looking for the suspects who were involved in the altercation with Morris. In addition, authorities are investigating exactly how the events unfolded.

All A train service was suspended from roughly 11:30 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. because of the fight, according to an MTA spokesman. (WPIX.com)

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Comment by Petey on September 19, 2010 at 12:27pm
Comment by Abu Aljada Ophakeme on September 11, 2010 at 10:08pm
Somebody smacked his a** Muslim cause he sure look like he doin salot prayer on that third rail!!!LOL!
Comment by Ms.Unaware Book "UnAware" Coming on September 11, 2010 at 9:07pm
Very lucky to be alive. Wow!
Comment by Travis Carnes on September 11, 2010 at 3:21am
When Keeping it Real goes Wrong.
Comment by Graffiti on September 11, 2010 at 2:14am
Comment by earzkick on September 10, 2010 at 11:37pm
only in nyc
Comment by DaveRock_A2G on September 10, 2010 at 10:21pm
Bet he won't do that s*** again!!
Comment by Godson on September 10, 2010 at 9:39pm
he was drunk thats all but good to see that he did not die
Comment by ReddBull on September 10, 2010 at 9:33pm
Damn, Anybody remember that movie "Prison Song" with Q-Tip & Fat Joe ?
Now didn't Q-tip push Joe on the tracks for smashing his camera, and trying to get @ his girl ? If I'm not mistaken lmaoo
Comment by V.I.P on September 10, 2010 at 5:49pm
I would of done tha same thing straight up

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