"Monster's Ball" Screenwriter Hit by NYC Subway Train and Survives

US actress Halle Berry is shown in a scene from the film 'Monster's Ball,' for which she won an Oscar for best actress at the 74th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 24, 2002, in Los Angeles. AFP/AFP/Getty Images

US actress Halle Berry is shown in a scene from the film 'Monster's Ball,' for which she won an Oscar for best actress at the 74th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 24, 2002, in Los Angeles.
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NEW YORK (CBS) Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Will Rokos has proven to be resilient both professionally and now physically as he  fights for his life after getting hit by a New York City subway train.

"The Monster's Ball" screenwriter is in critical, but stable condition after a train sideswiped his head as he leaned over a subway platform over the weekend, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Lucky to be alive, Rokos is recovering at Bellevue Hospital.

How did this weird accident happen?

A Northbound No. 2 train struck Rokos inside the 14th Street station Saturday afternoon. He was sent flying back onto the platform, where traingoers urged him to stay still. Officials told the New York Post he was semi-conscious and alert when police arrived.

the accident was unavoidable, according to the train's conductor.

The train's driver spotted Rokos and slammed on his breaks, but couldn't stop before five cars had pulled into the station.

"Monster's Ball" bought much success to it's leading lady as well as to Rokos. Actress Halle Berry became the first African-American to win a Best Actress Academy Award in 2002 and Rokos was nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

  • Melissa Castellanos

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