Man Jumps Onto Subway Tracks, Saves Woman

Reporter happens to witness rescue

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 3, 2014 9:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – When a woman fell onto the tracks at a Chicago Blue Line stop yesterday, just as a train was arriving, Eddie Palacios did something very brave: He leaped onto the tracks and waved for the train to stop. DNAinfo Chicago reporter Jon Hansen happened to be on the platform to witness the whole thing. He's not sure how the woman wound up on the tracks—afterward he heard her say she "just slipped"—but it was clear she wouldn't be able to get up on her own.

"When I saw the train coming, the first thing I thought to myself was, 'OK, I've got an orange hoodie on. They are bound to see me,'" Palacios, an off-duty TSA worker, later told the radio station. "It was really nothing." Sure enough, the train stopped. The woman was bleeding from a head wound, but after sitting on the platform for a moment she got up and left the station. CTA workers later stopped her and got her into an ambulance.

A screenshot from the DNAinfo reporter's footage.
A screenshot from the DNAinfo reporter's footage.   (DNAinfo)
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A reporter from DNAinfo films the rescue, and interviews Eddie Palacios afterward.   (DNAinfo)

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We're good in America, but we still need each other. That's all I can say. I hope one day, if I need something, my kids need something, somebody else needs something, somebody will
be there. - Eddie Palacios

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