Published: Wed, November 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Calif. transit worker rescues man from oncoming train

Calif. transit worker rescues man from oncoming train

He manages to yank the man out just as the train arrives at the platform, probably saving his life.

BART released surveillance video showing John O'Connor spring to action Sunday after a man falls into the tracks at a crowded Coliseum station following an Oakland Raiders football game.

BART tweeted about the incident on Monday, hailing O'Connor as a "humble hero" who has worked with the agency for 20 years.

"I just looked and was like, he's not going to make it", O'Connor told HuffPost. "I didn't want to see him die", O'Connor said.

The station was eventually packed with commuters when a man who was supposedly intoxicated as reported by CNN, stumbled across the yellow line and fell on the tracks.

"This #BART worker just saved this man from falling onto the tracks as the train was approaching!" Thank you John. Show him some love'. "God pulled me there for a reason, I think", "There wasn't a lot of time to think." added O'Conner.

"As the train approached, I sat up from my seat and the crowd turned their attention to the train", he said. The BART worker was upset with the man for being so careless, but his emotions took over and the two embraced. "So, I grabbed him, pulled him up on the platform".

BART later reposted Badilla's video on Twitter, identifying O'Connor as a former train operator since promoted to transportation supervisor.

'He was actively keeping the postgame crowd clear from danger while helping riders to their trains. He said the train was about 60 feet away when the man fell.

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