An intoxicated woman who stumbled onto railway tracks has survived an incredible near-miss with an oncoming subway train in Boston, Massachusetts. Surveillance video shows the 26-year-old passenger waiting for an Orange Line service in the city’s North Station. As the train approaches the platform, she tries to put out a cigarette but loses her balance and falls about 3ft onto the rails.
“As I was approaching, the lady pops her head up, and I was like, ‘Oh my God. Someone is in the pit.” said Subway train driver Charice Lewis.
Despite landing on her feet, she stumbles forward before slumping onto her back. Other passengers start frantically trying to flag down the driver, as a horrific impact appears inevitable. Bystanders try to alert the driver. The fallen woman is barely moving while the train powers towards hers, at about 10.54pm local time. But Ms Lewis quickly slams on her emergency brakes and stops the vehicle just inches from the passenger.The fallen woman then stands up and promptly stumbles over again, before bystanders drag her onto the platform.
Ms Lewis said: “The people were waving, but they were waving too much, and they were really, really close to the yellow line, which you are not supposed to be. “It was telling me, ‘Slow your train down. Slow your train down.When she stood up, we were in disbelief that she was able to stand up.”
The woman was treated for scrapes on her knees at Massachusetts General Hospital.