Dramatic CCTV: Hero jumps on subway tracks to save man after fall
Published 18/04/2015 | 17:05
CCTV footage has emerged of a Good Samaritan saving the life of a man who fell off the platform of a subway station and onto the tracks at around 6.30pm on Wednesday.
The video, released by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transport Authority (SEPTA), shows a man walking along the 15th Street Station platform's yellow line before missing his step and crashing onto the tracks.
While most commuters walk away or stand still in shock, one man, 28-year-old Charles Collins, immediately jumped onto the tracks to pull the injured man to safety.
A number of onlookers then step closer to the platform's edge to help Mr Collins lift the unconscious man back onto the platform.
In mere seconds, police officers arrived at the scene. Philidelphia police have commended the heroic commuter, but have also warned that these rescues can cause people serious injury if they make contact with the third rail.
Mr Collins tells Action News, "I just saw him down and jumped down. Just instincts.
"No I'm not a hero. I mean, people do the same thing."