A man was hit by an L train this afternoon at the Bedford Avenue station, according to police and witnesses.

Police and firefighters responded to a call of a man under a train at 4:09 p.m., according to an NYPD spokeswoman. She said she did not have information about how the man ended up on the tracks, but a witness reported that he jumped:

Eight to 10 fire trucks responded, as well as multiple ambulances and police cars. The area was taped off around the station for at least a block in all directions.

It took rescuers nearly half an hour to remove the man from the station, and paramedics were seen performing chest compressions on him as they loaded him into an ambulance. A Fire Department spokesman said that responders drove the victim to Woodhull Medical Center in cardiac arrest. The spokesman did not know the man's current condition, but the NYPD believed he was not likely to die.

The rescue effort halted L service from Myrtle-Wyckoff to Eighth Avenue, in both directions.

Additional reporting by Nell Casey