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Getting hit by Metro trains is usually only for people who deliberately put themselves in front of them. But after a 58-year-old man was pushed onto the tracks by a panhandler and killed in New York City yesterday, there’s a question everyone needs to consider: Can you survive falling in front of an oncoming train in D.C.?

If a deranged man pushes you onto the Metro tracks, there is at least one way to survive, according to Metro. If there’s isn’t enough time to climb back onto the platform, there’s a crawl space on the side of the tracks under the platform lights that you can use to dodge the train.

Metro spokesperson Cathy Asato says that one woman who fell onto the tracks during the 2009 inauguration managed to use the crawl space to avoid a train.

Of course, it’s better not to end up on the tracks at all. “It’s not a big space by any means,” Asato says.

Photo by leehobbins used under a Creative Commons license.