From the Times Ledger:
The court is surrounded by a tall, chain-link fence, but every once in a while the ball gets away from the players, soaring high over the barrier and landing under the train tracks.
That’s just what happened at about 6 p.m. July 29, a sticky summer evening much like any other at the Prince Street park, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Sal Arena.
An errant ball found its way out of the park and under the rail trestles, and 20-year-old Mason Xu crawled through a peeled-away section of chain-link to retrieve it from the trash-strewn brambles under the trestles, something the Flushing man had done many times before, according to a friend who was playing at the court Monday night.
Xu wore headphones as he ran under to grab the ball, and the friend said he must not have heard the westbound train pulling into the station.
“The train was preparing to stop at Flushing Main Street when the engineer saw an adult male dart out from under the westbound platform. The train struck the individual, later identified as Mason Xu,” Arena said.
The train struck Xu under the tracks, according to Xu’s friend, causing severe injuries including broken ribs and a severe head wound. He was taken to New York Hospital Queens, Arena said, where he remained in critical condition Aug. 2 after undergoing surgery for massive head trauma.