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As New York City struggles with lunatics fatally pushing strangers onto subway tracks, the Spanish government has released closed-circuit video of an off-duty police officer saving a fainting woman from the subway tracks in Madrid.
The woman collapsed Monday at the Marques de Vadillo station as the train was rapidly approaching. Though the train is originally out of view for the CCTV cameras, the onlookers clearly know they have roughly 30 seconds to somehow rouse or rescue the woman.
One woman waves her arm out, attempting to alert the train's conductor, as others scramble to reach out to the unconscious female. Just when you think you are about to witness a horrifying accident, a man comes running out on to the tracks, lifting up the woman and carrying her to the temporary safety of the neighboring track. From there, fellow Spaniards help the two back onto the platform.
Police said the 52-year-old woman suffered a dizzy spell. She was treated in a city hospital for minor head injuries, but is unlikely to have any lasting injuries.
The off-duty police officer is being hailed as a "hero" in his home country, but has preferred to remain unnamed.
Watch the stunning video via the Agence France-Presse, below:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.