Cops and a brave citizen save a man from New York City subway tracks just before being run down in East Harlem station

Seconds before being driven over in East Harlem station, police officers and a courageous bystander save a man's life from subway rails.
  • The incident occurred Thursday afternoon at the East Harlem station at East 116th Street and Lexington around 4:30 p. m.
  • Together, the three men lifted the injured passenger back onto the platform and pulled him off the tracks seconds before an approaching train sped into the station.
  • The NYPD said one of the officers could treat the injured man until paramedics arrived and rushed him to a nearby hospital for hand and back injuries.
  • According to the police release, the passenger fell accidentally onto the train tracks.

NEW YORK – A dramatic Thanksgiving rescue, like something out of a movie, avoided a tragic ending thanks to police officers and a Good Samaritan who rushed to pull out a person who fell onto train tracks.

The incident occurred Thursday afternoon at the East Harlem station at East 116th Street and Lexington around 4:30 p. m.

Subway riders at the station alerted a pair of officers on the platform to the man’s fall onto the station tracks. Body camera footage shows officers running to help the injured man.

That particular station does not have a mezzanine connecting the northbound and southbound platforms, so the officers had to run up the stairs and out of the station to get down the other side. When they reached the northbound platform, a Good Samaritan had already jumped down to try to help.

Together, the three men lifted the injured passenger back onto the platform and pulled him off the tracks seconds before an approaching 6 train sped into the station.

“Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams’ joint commitment to having additional NYPD officers patrolling subway stations and trains not only helps passengers feel safer but, in this case, allowed brave officers and good Samaritans, in the best tradition of New Yorkers, helping each other to save a life,” MTA Chairman Janno Lieber said in a statement.

The NYPD said one of the officers could treat the injured man until paramedics arrived and rushed him to a nearby hospital for hand and back injuries.

According to the police release, the passenger fell accidentally onto the train tracks. No further details were released.