Man Jumps on Subway Tracks to Save Straphanger, Get to Work on Time

By Jonathan Eiseman
|  Monday, Nov 29, 2010  |  Updated 1:24 PM EDT
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Man Jumps on Subway Tracks to Save Straphanger, Get to Work on Time

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Of all the reasons to heroically jump on to the subway tracks and save a straphanger from being crushed by an oncoming train, an East Harlem man may have found the most practical.

"I was thinking, if he gets hit I can't go to work. It's Sunday. I can't miss out. It's a time-and-a-half day," said Carlos Flores, 36, to the Daily News.

At about 8 a.m. Sunday morning, Flores was on his way to work, waiting for the downtown no. 6 train at the E 103rd st. station, when an elderly man yelled for help, and pointed to a dazed man spread out across the tracks. Even though bystanders were yelling at the man to get up, he failed to move, prompting Flores to hop onto the tracks to try to lift him up.

However, lifting the man and getting himself off of the tracks before the train came proved harder that he thought.

"I jumped on the tracks. I grabbed him. I stood him up," Flores said. "I'm walking him toward the platform. A guy on the platform grabs his hands. Now I'm down there. The train is coming."

Flores said he could see the lights approaching and hear the screech of the brakes from the oncoming train.

 “I'm like, 'Oh my god!'” said Flores, grocery store clerk and father of a 10-year-old son

Despite Flores’ heroic -- or practical -- actions, NYC transit spokeswoman Deirdre Parker said that a customer had notified the station agent, and that the Rail Control Center was radioed to get the conductor to hit the brakes just as it reached the station. A Fire Department source told the News the man tumbled onto the tracks after apparently suffering a seizure.

Flores, however, didn’t bother to stay to find out what happened. 

"I couldn't stay. I had to go to work," Flores said. "Christmas is around the corner. You need these time-and-a-half days."
 

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