Saved by the yells: Crowd rushes to rescue unconscious woman from Atlantic subway tracks

Close call: A paramedic attends to a woman who was saved by dozens of good Samaritans after she passed out and fell on the subway tracks at the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center station.
Community Newspaper Group / Nathan Tempey

Dozens of commuters rallied to save a woman who fell onto the subway tracks from being crushed by a train pulling into the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center station this afternoon.

The lady passed out on the platform and then fell onto the tracks at about 12:40 pm, when the B and Q platform was nearly deserted, according to witnesses.

“I heard her plop,” said Gary Gaymor, a health department inspector who was on his way to lunch in Flatbush when the near-tragedy occurred.

The handful of straphangers waiting for their trains began screaming and leaped into action, according to witnesses. Two men jumped down onto the tracks but struggled to lift the woman as a train approached the station. Others ran to the upper level and, within moments, dozens more people materialized downstairs, eight helping to hoist the woman onto the platform and 20 to 30 others rushing to the end to try to halt the train, a witness said.

“It was about to come, but they stopped it,” said Jasmine Valle, an aspiring medical technician. “It took eight people to lift her up because she was dead weight. If it wasn’t for them, god forbid to think what would have happened.”

The good Samaritans vanished into the station once the woman was out of harm’s way, leaving her alone, still unconscious and bleeding on the platform, according to Valle who said she rolled her onto her back and performed CPR while awaiting first responders, who in this case were actually second responders.

Fire department paramedics and police carried the woman out on a stretcher at 1 pm. She was taken to Brooklyn Hospital, but a fire official did not know her condition.

Nathan Tempey is a Deputy Editor at the Community Newspaper Group. Reach him at or by calling (718) 260-4504. Follow him at
Still fresh: Jasmine Valle said her stomach hurt thinking about the near-tragedy that just happened. “I never felt this much pain in my life,” she said.
Community Newspaper Group / Nathan Tempey

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