A disturbing video opens with a man screaming on New York City subway tracks as another on the platform tried to coax the endangered man up to safety.
With the man on the platform sternly telling the man on the tracks to give him his hand, the man on the tracks only wailed as if in pain and said no.
“Give me your f***ing hand,” the man helping said.
Aside from the man trying to help the individual and the person filming the video on a cellphone, the 175th Street station in Manhattan appeared rather empty.
“We gotta bolt. We gotta bolt man, let’s go. The f***ing cops are coming,” the helper said.
At one point amid crazed screams, the helper jumped down on the tracks to try to force the man he seemed to call “Reggie” up.
Another person arrived on the scene and the helper appealed to him for assistance to get the man off the tracks. Both men on the tracks tried to lift the other, but it was too late.
The inevitable eventually happened. Those trying to help the man jumped off the tracks and the train came into the station. The man who had been trying to help the other all along, yelled “stop,” waving his arms at the train, but it barreled right over the man lying in the middle.
Amazingly, the man on the tracks survived, according to WPIX.
Watch the footage (Content warning: strong language and disturbing footage):
The incident occurred on Dec. 28, 2013, at 3:15 a.m., according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s spokesman Kevin Ortiz. He told Gothamist that while the man refused medical aid after the train rushed over him, he was taken to a local hospital by force as an “emotionally disturbed person.”
The video, which is just getting play after being posted to YouTube Saturday, is not the original posting. A YouTube user going by Jason Taylor posted it after the original poster took it offline at the time due to comments criticizing him for filming instead of taking action to help the man on the tracks, Taylor told Gothamist. But Taylor had already downloaded the video himself and had the footage to re-post.
“The best advice is to avoid going on the tracks,” Ortiz told Gothamist. “Customers who witness someone on the tracks should immediately contact a MTA employee or police officer. Station agents can immediately contact the Rail Control Center who can stop trains from entering the station, cut off power and effectuate a rescue.”