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Man Seriously Injured After 30-Foot Jump at WTC Oculus, Officials Say

By  Ben Fractenberg and Trevor Kapp | August 1, 2017 12:39pm | Updated on August 1, 2017 2:02pm

 A man was seriously injured after he jumped from a balcony at the World Trade Center Oculus Tuesday afternoon.
A man was seriously injured after he jumped from a balcony at the World Trade Center Oculus Tuesday afternoon.
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MANHATTAN — A man was seriously injured after he jumped over a railing and plunged about 30 feet at the World Trade Center Oculus Tuesday afternoon, officials and witnesses said.

The man jumped from a balcony at the transit hub on Vesey Street at about 12:04 p.m., according to the FDNY and Port Authority Police. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition, a fire department spokesman said. 

Jerry Villar, 40, was working in a second-floor clothing store when he heard a "loud scream" and saw a man laying on the ground. 

"People were gathering around. Authorities came — the military people — and closed the area," Villar said. "They put the guy on a stretcher and took him. It's a tragedy. It's very scary."

A woman fatally fell from an escalator at the hub in February, and two men were injured in April after an escalator malfunctioned.