Watch: NYPD, bystanders rescue man from subway tracks with seconds to spare

Barely 20 seconds after the second officer was safely off the tracks, a train roared into the station at normal speed


By Emma Seiwell, Bill Sanderson
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — Police officers in East Harlem had no time to spare when they rescued a man from an oncoming No. 6 train.

Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the man fell to the tracks from the northbound platform of the station on Lexington Ave. and E. 116th St.

People on the platform alerted two 25th Precinct officers who were patrolling the station’s southbound platform.

There’s no mezzanine or other connection between the two platforms — so the cops had to sprint upstairs, run across busy Lexington Ave., and then sprint back downstairs to the southbound side.

A cop’s body-worn camera tells the rest of the story.

When the officers arrived at the downtown platform, a good Samaritan was already tending to the man who police said fell accidentally to the tracks.

Both cops jumped down to the track bed, and with the good Samaritan’s help they hoisted the fallen man back to the platform.

Aided by bystanders, one cop got himself back to the platform. “Another hand, please,” said the second officer — and he got a couple of them.

Barely 20 seconds after the second cop was safely off the tracks, a No. 6 train roared into the station at normal speed.

A third officer soon arrived, and gave first aid to the injured man. He was taken to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital with minor injuries to his right hand and back, police said.

“The heroics of NY’s finest always amazes me,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said in a tweet. “[T]he courage is second nature. Join me in saluting these great cops!”

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