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Video shows subway rescue after man fell on tracks in Lower Manhattan

New Yorkers rescue man who fell on subway tracks in Lower Manhattan
New Yorkers rescue man who fell on subway tracks in Lower Manhattan 02:02

NEW YORK -- A man narrowly avoided getting hit by a subway train in Manhattan, thanks to New Yorkers who helped him onto the platform. The rescue was caught on video.

One of the women who helped save him is pushing for more mental health resources citywide.

It could've ended much differently for the man, who may have been suffering a mental health episode. He later identified himself to commuter Marie Delus as "Deuce."

"Everybody just came together as a community to help him. So it was a beautiful feeling, but I also was like in the moment like, 'Is he gonna be okay?'" Delus said.

How the rescue unfolded

Delus had just left work and was walking down to catch her train at the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station on Wednesday just after 6 p.m. when she heard screaming.

"People stopped the train and I think that was what the screaming was when I went downstairs," Delus said.

The man was already on the tracks by the time Delus got to the platform, so it's unclear what exactly led up to the rescue. But she said he didn't appear to have been pushed.

Video she took shows passengers, including herself, reaching to help Deuce back onto the platform.

"I didn't know how he got on the track. It was all the people there who said he jumped," Delus said.

She stayed by him as first responders arrived. A confused Deuce later gained awareness.

Caught on camera

Delus's phone video showed not only the rescue, but their interactions after the rescue.

"I was on that track?" Deuce said.

"In the middle of the track, yes sir. Right in the middle," Delus said.

"On the train track?" Deuce said.

"On the train track, yes sir," Delus responded.

"Train track?!?" Deuce asked.

"Yes sir, yup," Delus said.

Sending a message on mental health

Delus said she feels he represents countless other New Yorkers who need help. She said taking the video was second nature to her as a way to send an important message to city officials on mental health.

"We need to do more. What does that look like? What does that mean? Why was Deuce on the track? And what happens to him after that? Once he leaves and they take him away, are they gonna release him again? Will Deuce be back on the track again?" Delus said.

Delus said had to run to an important Brooklyn Community Board 18 meeting and couldn't stay with him much longer, but wants to know more.

"I would love to find out who Deuce is, is he okay, what happened when he left, and if there's anything I can do to help him," Delus said.

One of his shoes is still on the track. It was a minor loss compared to the alternative.

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