Woman Falls on Subway Tracks, Quick-Acting Driver Stops Just in Time

Sunday, Aug 29, 2010  |  Updated 11:45 AM EDT
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Woman Falls on Subway Tracks, Quick-Acting Driver Stops Just in Time

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A New York City subway driver with sharp vision and even sharper reflexes was able to bring his train to a halt just short of a woman who had fallen on the tracks.

Driver Francis Lusk was bringing a train into the station at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street around 7 a.m. Saturday when he saw the woman fall into a drainage ditch between the tracks. Other travelers frantically waved and screamed to get him to stop.

He slammed on the brakes and sounded the horn to keep anyone else from jumping onto the electified rails. Lusk was able to stop the train about 70 feet from the woman.

The woman told Lusk she was feeling dizzy. She was taken to the hospital.

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