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Blind Man "Happy to Be Alive" After Fall Onto Train Tracks

61-year-old was rescued after harrowing fall at Boston's Park Station

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    Blind Man "Happy to Be Alive" After Fall Onto Train Tracks

    Reggie Clark, a 61-year-old blind man who was rescued after a harrowing fall onto the tracks at Boston's Park Station, is grateful to the people who helped save his life. (Published Saturday, May 2, 2015)

    Reggie Clark is back home with just some bumps and bruises after a harrowing fall at the Park Street station in Boston.

    The 61-year-old, who is completely blind, was transferring to the Red Line Friday morning - something he's done countless times. But this time, things went haywire when his knees buckled and he plunged into the pit.

    "When we get older, our knees ... once in a while, they buckle," he said. "And I slipped and I fell in in the T tracks."

    Clark actually came into contact with the dangerous third rail when he fell, and he says he felt a minor current.

    The veteran MBTA rider stayed calm and actually apologized to his rescuers. Video shows some people were pulling him up the side of the platform and one person jumped into the pit from the other side.

    "They helped me out and everything, I apologized to them," Clark said. "They told me there was no problem."

    Clark, who lives with his roommate, Gordon, said he could hear lots of people screaming to get him out. He's grateful to the passengers and inspectors who put their own lives at risk.

    "I just want to thank them very much for rescuing me," said Clark. "I think they put their lives on the line to help me, to make sure I was safe."

    He knows the outcome could have been a lot worse.

    "I'm happy to be alive," said Clark. "Once in a while, those things do happen, but in the meantime, I try to be extra careful, as much I can."

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