Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, January 17, paramedics and firefighters responded to a report of a man who had succumbed to a head injury after a fall.
The incident occurred at the Palomar Street trolley station, where afternoon commuters watched with concern on the southbound platform.
The paramedics evaluated the middle-aged Latino man, who kept repeating that he wanted to go to la linea, the border. His speech was slurred and slow, and eventually he was strapped onto a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance and taken to an undisclosed hospital for further evaluation.
Various MTS officials remained on the scene, ensuring the bench where the man was seated was blood-free. Because the southbound trolley was delayed by a half hour, the amount of waiting commuters was more than normal. As the first trolley arrived, travelers packed into the cars while two other trolleys waited behind the first.
Subsequent calls to both the Chula Vista Fire Department and American Medical Response provided no further information on the incident nor the condition of the patient upon arrival at a hospital.
(revised headline 1/20, 8:20 a.m.)