Woman Saves Two Men Stuck on Subway Tracks

Doreen Winkler: 'You can't ... watch somebody die'

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 8, 2012 9:30 AM CST
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(Newser) – Doreen Winkler was not about to let another man die in a New York subway. The 5-foot-2 Brooklynite took action after spotting a drunken drifter lying on the tracks at Bowling Green Station on Thursday. "You can’t ever, ever, ever watch somebody die," said Winkler, who had read about Ki Suk Han's tragic death this week. So she urged a man to jump down and save the drifter—but a train's headlights quickly appeared in the tunnel. "I glanced up and see the lights of an approaching train on the uptown side, and glance back and now there are TWO people on the tracks," a witness told the Daily News.

With screams and gasps filling the station, Winkler grabbed "one arm each of each man," she said. "I was freaking out that nobody was helping at first." But two other women helped her pull up the two men just in time. The Good Samaritan walked off, and the drifter was treated at a hospital. As for Winkler, she rode home instead of going to a planned wine tasting. "This is not about attention ... it’s about what everybody should do," she said. "I don’t understand how people can just stand there and watch and not help." (Read about the controversy after a photographer snapped pics of Han moments before he died.)

A New York subway train.
A New York subway train.   (Shutterstock)
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