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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a blind man who walked off the edge of a Los Angeles subway platform bounced off one of the rails below, landing in a tiny alcove in the track bed just wide enough to keep him from being hit by an approaching train.

Authorities say the 47-year-old man, whose name has not been released, suffered only minor injuries from the fall.

LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have declined to release surveillance video from the subway platform.

Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales, who has seen the video, says it shows the man going over just seconds before the train arrives.

It also shows him approaching a pebbled warning zone at the platform's edge and tapping it with his cane. But then he takes one more step forward and falls.

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