Blind Man Survive Being Run over By Subway Train
It wasn’t a miracle on 34th Street, but something very amazing happened about 100 blocks away this morning.
Cecil Williams, who is blind, fell off a platform at the subway station at West 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem around 10 a.m.
His seeing-eye dog, a 10-year-old black Lab named Orlando, then jumped onto the tracks to join him.
Witnesses told CBS New York that Williams had been walking too close to the subway tracks, and his dog was trying to lead him farther away.
“He was all the way at the edge, backwards, and the dog was trying to pull him in,” Ana Quinones said. “I tried to scream at him to come in, because he was near the tracks, and then he fell.”
Another witness, Ashley Prenza, told Gothamist, “He was just walking toward the yellow line and all of a sudden and we heard him say, ‘Oh no!’ and slip and fall onto the tracks.”
After the seeing-eye dog jumped off the platform, he “just sat there with the man,” Quinones told the New York Post. “He just licked the man’s face trying to get him to move.”
Onlookers immediately sought help for the two. “Someone ran upstairs to find an MTA employee, and others were looking to see if any trains were approaching,” Prenza told Gothamist. “We heard the train coming and everyone started screaming to try and stop the train, but it didn’t slow down.”
Several of the train’s cars ran over Williams and his dog.
“Everyone was screaming, everyone was shaking in horror,” Prenza told the New York Post.
But then a miracle seemed to happen. Someone yelled, “He’s fine, he’s alive!”
“[Williams] stayed down between the tracks with his dog,” Prenza told Gothamist. “His face was injured but he survived.”
First responders were able to rescue the dog first, and then pulled Williams from underneath the train.
“He’s okay, he’s okay,” Capt. John Coates of the NYPD told CBS New York.
Williams was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition. Coates said the dog is “fine.”