Dramatic rescue as man in wheelchair falls on subway tracks

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Incredible footage has emerged of a man in a wheelchair being pulled to safety from subway tracks in New York City just seconds before a train passes through.

The loud rumbling of a train approaching Union Square Station can be heard as a group of bystanders rush to help the man, who had somehow rolled onto the tracks.

A screenshot of a video showing the dramatic moment man leaped onto the subway tracks to save a man in a wheelchair. Source: Twitter/SubwayCreatures
The dramatic moment a subway hero leaped onto the tracks to save a man in a wheelchair has been caught on camera. Source: Twitter/SubwayCreatures

A quick-thinking commuter is seen leaping onto the tracks before scrambling to lift the man and his wheelchair back onto the platform.

"There is a Downtown local 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall approaching the station. Please stand away from the platform edge," a voice over the loudspeaker says.

Others desperately worked together to haul the man up, as his heroic rescuer jumps back onto the platform.

Moments later, the video pans right to show the train pulling into the station.

Footage of the dramatic rescue effort has gone viral on social media.

Lauren Mennen, a reporter with CBS New York who witnessed the rescue, said the Good Samaritan "didn’t think twice whether he was going to go on those tracks".

"I was like, people need this. There’s heroes in action and I was like I’m going to wave my hand at the train and it will all be good," she added. "I hope people just take positivity away from all this."

Police told CBS that the man in the wheelchair was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A screenshot of a video showing a train pulling into the station just seconds after the man was pulled to safety, and his rescuer also jumped back onto the platform. Source: Twitter/SubwayCreatures
A train pulled into the station just seconds after the man was pulled to safety, and his rescuer also jumped back onto the platform. Source: Twitter/SubwayCreatures

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