2017-05-17 / Front Page

Woman Saves Man, 79, From Death On No. 7 Tracks

By Liz Goff
A 79-year-old Queens man is recovering from injuries he suffered when he tumbled onto the tracks of a Sunnyside subway station on May 10.

The man, whose name has not been released, owes his life to an anonymous straphanger who banged on the door of a departing train, screaming and yelling for the motorman to stay-put, a police source said.

Eyewitnesses told police the Manhattan-bound No. 7 train stopped at the 40th Street-Lowery Street station in Sunnyside at about 11:20 a.m. on May 10, and had just closed its doors to depart when the man tumbled onto the tracks.

The woman saw the senior fall in the path of the train and started banging on the doors, eyewitnesses said. “She wouldn’t stop until someone realized what was happening,” the police source said.

The rain came to a halt and firefighters arrived moments later to pull the man from the tracks, police said.

The man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was listed in stable condition, and is expected to make a full recovery.


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