Just as the announcement for the next train was made, the Good Samaritan manages to pull the man off the track and onto the platform before climbing onto it himself.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some happen to be in the right place at the right time to save those in danger. Such a heroic act was caught on camera at a New York City subway. The video was first uploaded on Twitter by a user who goes by the name Subway Creatures.
The tweet read: 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!
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
The video has been viewed more than 448k times. It shows the man who had fallen in between the tracks and was unable to move. We then see another man jump onto the tracks just as the announcement for the next train was made advising commuters to stand away from the platform edge. In those few high-tension moments, the Good Samaritan manages to pull the man off the track and onto the platform before climbing onto it himself. The incident took place at around 1.15 pm on Wednesday and was recorded by another commuter who quickly whipped out their phone.
God bless those good Samaritans!— Gloria (@Gloriabesos) August 4, 2021
My city is full of Huge Hearts. I ♥️NY— Monserrat✈︎ (@monseisfly) August 4, 2021
Platform Doors. But, it's a big project getting all trains with the same door pattern, and control systems to get the trains to stop at the right spot.— Robert Byrne (@TheRealIamRob) August 5, 2021
All elevators use this system.
Neither of the men has been identified. The story was picked up by CBS2 and reporter Lauren Mennen said: “One man jumped right into action. He didn’t think twice about whether he was going to go on those tracks. I was like, people need this. There are heroes in action and I was like I’m going to wave my hand at the train and it will all be good. I hope people just take positivity away from all this.” Other commuters on the platform helped haul both the men to safety. The train arrived within seconds of the two commuters being pulled to safety.
Police updated that the man in the wheelchair was taken to Bellevue Hospital. He has sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Social media users were impressed with the Good Samaritan. One user said: Jesus hearing the announcement as soon as they were on the tracks is some pure anxiety moment. Glad they're safe! Others offered suggestions on how the situation could have been handled better. One person tweeted: Someone should have run and alerted train personnel in the station to slow down the train. Another person had this to say: I love what he did!! I applaud him!! But why are you getting the wheelchair first? Grab that man and throw him over FIRST !! LoL BUT YO you are amazing for that! I would have frozen and not known what to do!!
Earlier this year, a similar incident occurred in India. A child had fallen onto the train tracks at the Vangani station in the city of Mumbai and a man jumped onto the track, risking his own life t save the child in the nick of time. India's Ministry of Railways released a video that shows the man, identified as Shri Mayur Shelke, running at full speed down a set of train tracks to save the child who seemed to have fallen off the platform and onto the tracks as a train approached, reported NBC News. Shelke who works as a pointsman at the station was awarded for his heroic efforts. The Ministry of Railways congratulated Shelke in a press release, praising him for his actions and offering him a monetary reward of 50,000 rupees.
Hon'ble Minister Shri @PiyushGoyal announced an award of Rs 50000/- to Shri Mayur Shelke, Pointsman, Vangani Station for the act of bravery, courage & presence of mind on duty.— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) April 20, 2021
He saved a life of a child who accidentally fell on the track.
Congratulations to Shri M. Shelke pic.twitter.com/KOD78oZH9R