Wind-Blown Baby Rescued from Subway Tracks in Brooklyn

Both baby and carriage were blown onto the elevated train track at Van Siclen Avenue station

By Ida Siegal
|  Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012  |  Updated 7:48 AM EDT
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A subway hero saved a baby in a stroller that was swept by a strong wind onto an elevated subway track in Brooklyn Tuesday afternoon. Ida Siegal reports.

A subway hero saved a baby in a stroller that was swept by a strong wind onto an elevated subway track in Brooklyn Tuesday afternoon. Ida Siegal reports.

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A subway hero saved a baby in a stroller that was swept by a strong wind onto an elevated subway track in Brooklyn Tuesday afternoon.

Delroy Simmonds was on his way to a job interview at about 1 p.m. when a powerful blast of air carried the stroller from the elevated track onto the J train platform at Van Siclen Avenue. The baby and stroller both landed on the tracks.

"When the stroller went over, I saw the baby's head fling out," Simmonds said, recounting the terrifying situation.

A witness said it was a "shock" watching it unfold. 

The mother "walks toward the bench to tend to her three kids, and all I see is her turn around real quick and run towards the tracks," said Khalima Ansari. "My heart was in my stomach. I was shaking. It was scary."

Simmonds didn't think twice, and instantly jumped on to the tracks, rescuing the baby before the next train came into the station.

"When I picked him up, the blood and everything was dripping off his body," he said, still in disbelief hours after the heart-stopping moment. 

"What was so scary was that the train was coming and like seconds away from hitting them," said Ansari. "I don't know if the conductor would've saw the baby if the guy wasn't there."

The train did stop, but Simmonds was already back on the platform with the baby, who sustained a deep gash on his forehead.

The baby was taken to Brookdale Hospital and is expected to be OK. 

"I see the lady crying, I shed a tear myself," said an emotional Simmonds. "When I got home to my girl, I started crying."

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