A Boston commuter has a group of quick-thinking straphangers to thank after the woman inadvertently stepped off a train platform onto the tracks.
In security footage from Oct. 21, released by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the supposedly sleepwalking woman falls onto the subway tracks. Moments later a group of passersby emerge and rush to her aid. Several people jump down to the tracks to help hoist her back up to safety.
According to local reports, the 31-year-old woman told authorities that she was sleeping on a nearby bench at the Davis Station before the incident and may have sleepwalked off the platform. Fortunately, the commuter did not step too far off the subway platform and did not come in contact with the dangerous electrified rail.
After the fall, the woman reportedly began yelling for help. That's when the crowd of people arrived to rescue her.
"She was never in danger of being struck by a train. No train was anywhere near Davis Station at the time. She is being treated for an arm injury," MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo told CBS affiliate WBZ-TV.
Though the transportation authority urges subway riders to stay off the tracks and notify employees instead, at least two people ignored the general warning and jumped down to rescue the woman.
"You definitely saw the strength of the city. Without thinking of their own safety they jumped down to make sure the woman was okay and lifted her out without even a hesitation which was amazing to see," witness Abha Gallwale told local outlet WHDH-TV.