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Awheelchair-bound man stranded on a New York railway track was saved just seconds before an oncoming train sped into the platform.
The man reportedly fell onto the track before he was rescued by an unidentified commuter who jumped down to haul the man back to safety.
The terrifying encounter, captured by another bystander, showed a small crowd of people standing by the platform edge as some assisted in pulling the man and his wheelchair up from the tracks.
“This afternoon in Union Square a man in a wheelchair somehow ended up on the subway tracks,” the Twitter account @SubwayCreatures posted on Thursday, alongside a 40-second clip. “Luckily, a Good Samaritan jumped down and rescued the man about 10s before the train came into the station. Huge shoutout to whoever the guy is who jumped down to help!”
Witness and CBS New York writer, Lauren Mennen, said people rushed over to the man at around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday when they heard him whimpering, the outlet reported.
In the footage, an oncoming downtown 6 train can be seen and heard roaring in approach—about 10 seconds after the man was pulled onto the platform.
It’s not clear how the man fell onto the tracks or for how long he was left stranded. He has not been identified but local reports say he was taken to a local hospital and is currently in a stable condition.
Video of the terrifying incident has since gone viral across social media platforms, garnering more than 200,000 views since it was first uploaded to Twitter on Thursday.
In 2020, a police officer saved a wheelchair-using man from the tracks of a speeding freight train at a station in Lodi, a city 35 miles south of Sacramento.
Lodi city police officer Erika Urrea, a 14-year veteran, saw the 66-year-old man around 8:44 a.m. on the morning of August 12, 2020.
The man’s wheelchair had become stuck on the train’s rails, leaving him immobile as the arms of the train signal lowered to block traffic.
Bodycam footage showed Urrea exiting her vehicle and running towards the man, at first trying to push his wheelchair off the tracks.
While pulling the man from the chair by the arm, the officer dragged his body and cane but was unable to save his legs which were caught up in the train.
The man was later taken to hospital by ambulance.