Metro officials, however, offered a different explanation, emphasizing that the man was not “dragged.”
According to an emailed statement from spokeswoman Sherri Ly, the man rode down the escalator and then attempted to board the train as the doors were closing, and then appeared to throw a small bag or backpack through the train doors. She said it appeared that the bag got caught between the doors and the man traveled ” … on the exterior of the train for approximately two car lengths before dislodging.” Ly said he was standing “on the lip” of the door area. Metro’s account was based on witness statements and a review of available camera footage, which they declined to make available.
The man was taken to a hospital for observation, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening.
An investigation that will include checks to ensure that all equipment was working as intended and all procedures were followed is underway, Ly said.