After a man in a wheelchair fell from a New York subway platform onto the train tracks, a fellow commuter jumped to the rescue and saved his life. A video of the incident is going viral online and the man is being hailed as a hero.
Man in wheelchair falls onto New York subway train tracks
The incident occurred minutes before a train approached Union Square station on the same track and the announcement of the incoming train was heard. As witnesses heard the man almost crying, the Samaritan, without hesitation, rushed to his aid.
With the help of other passengers on the platform, the rescuer was able to lift the man just in time. The video showed the train turning the corner immediately after they were on the platform.
This afternoon in Union Square a man in a wheelchair somehow ended up on the subway tracks. 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! #subwaycreatures pic.twitter.com/Uhx2drg2NH
— Rick (@SubwayCreatures) August 4, 2021
Lauren Mennen, who witnessed it all, shared why she decided to capture the moment on camera. “One man jumped right into the action. He didn’t think twice about whether he was going to follow those leads,” Mennen told CBS New York.
While there were comments about people simply recording the incident on their phones rather than helping, she commented, “I hope people just take the positivity out of it all.”
According to NY Post, police said the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The man, who fell onto the tracks, was transported to Bellevue Hospital for a medical examination. However, he was conscious and alert, and was in stable condition, the report said. “Neither the good Samaritan nor the man have been identified,” police said.
Many praised the brave man who risked his own life to save the differently abled man and noted the “spirit of New York.”