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Man critically injured after jumping in front of Red Line train

Chicago Fire Department personel take stretcher down subway for perstrapped under Red Line CTA traState Chicago Avenues Wednesday February 20

Chicago Fire Department personel take a stretcher down to the subway for a person trapped under a Red Line CTA train at State and Chicago Avenues, Wednesday, February 20, 2013. | Ting Shen~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 20, 2013 11:53PM

A man was critically injured when he jumped in front of a southbound Red Line train just after 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Chicago Avenue CTA station in the 800 block of South State Street, officials said.

The man jumped from the platform as the train approached the station, police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

The man was pinned under the train, but he was “breathing and conscious” as Chicago Fire Department crews worked to free him, CTA spokesman Brian Steele said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to Fire Media Affairs.

Trains were rerouted after the incident and buses shuttled passengers between stations, but service was back to normal late Wednesday night.

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