Dramatic video has emerged of a blind man being hauled to safety after falling onto train tracks.
The footage, which was captured at the Metro red line Medical Center station in Bethesda, Maryland, shows a blind man tumbling onto the tracks just before train headlights can be seen hurtling around the bend. Realizing the seriousness of the situation and the imperative to act quickly, a group of bystanders springs into action, throwing themselves onto the track to help the stricken man.
As one man approaches to help, another woman can be seen sprinting off down the platform, presumably to warn the oncoming train to hit the brakes. Others then rush over to help, eventually dragging the man to safety.
“I saw the headlights of the train. I said, ‘quickly!’” the heroic rescuer, Brendan Crawley, told WJLA-TV’s Kevin Lewis. “We all were able to pull him up just as the train was arriving.”
Following the near miss, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced that the man had been taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, including “shortness of breath” and a “pain in his arm.”
As for Crawley, he’s still haunted by what might have happened had he not been standing close by when the man fell.
“I have thought a little bit about if I wasn’t there, and to be honest, I’m not exactly sure how the outcome would have been,” he noted. “I’m just glad I was.”
God bless these quick thinkers for taking action and saving this man’s life!