File photo of the Metro Blue Line. Photo by John Schreiber.
File photo of the Metro Blue Line. Photo by John Schreiber.

An investigation was underway Friday into the removal of an unconscious passenger from a Metro Blue Line train onto a station platform in Long Beach by a fellow passenger who witnesses say didn’t want to delay his ride home while waiting for paramedics.

The incident, caught on camera by a passenger, occurred Wednesday night at the Wardlow Station, according to Fox11, which aired the video made by a man who said he wanted to be identified as Billion.

“Dude just had a seizure, and this white boy gonna drag him off the train so he don’t miss his ride,” Billon says in the video as he confronts the man.

Billion told Fox 11 the unconscious man was suffering from seizures, had thrown up on the train before collapsing, and was still wearing a medical wristband.

“In the top part of his head he had a hole but he also had metal staples in his head looking like he was fresh out (of) the hospital,” Billion said.

Billion said the drama started when he noticed a man wearing a suit being confronted by other passengers on the train. He said he went over to check it out and saw the unconscious man on the ground.

“I still wasn’t aware that the white guy had actually, from what people were saying, he had pulled the person who had passed out from his seat, over to the ground,” Billion said. “And all of a sudden right in front of me, he starts dragging the guy right off the train.”

The video shows the unconscious man’s pants falling down, leaving his genitals exposed, as the suited man positions him outside the train and onto the platform.

The man was treated for seizures, and was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition, the Long Beach Fire Department told Channel 11.

The Long Beach Police Department contacted the man in the suit on the night of the incident and detectives are investigating, along with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, if a crime occurred, a spokeswoman said.

According to Fox11, Metro became aware of the incident when the television station showed the video to the agency, which then released the following statement:

“Metro is working with our law enforcement partners in investigating an incident at the Metro Blue Line’s Wardlow Station when an unconscious male was removed from a Blue Line train by another rider. Obviously, this is very disturbing and we never want to see this on our system. We’re getting all the facts including reviewing the video from the train and the platform, and we’ll share more details when they’re available.”

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