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Woman nearly hit by train issues statement

A woman who fell onto the train tracks at North Station moments before a train rolled in is thanking those who helped save her life.
/ Source: WHDH-TV

A woman who fell onto the train tracks at North Station moments before a train rolled in is thanking those who helped save her life.

Sophia Hartdegen was standing close to the edge of the platform when she lost her balance Friday night.

Several bystanders frantically waved to the quick-thinking train conductor who was able to stop the train just in time.

Hartdegen, who is still shaken up, issued a statement Tuesday that read, "I cannot express how grateful I am to all the wonderful people on the platform who waved down the train and also the train operator for acting so quickly. I am amazed so many people stepped up to help someone in trouble. The story isn't about me. The story is about the train operator and the people on the platform and I want to express my thanks again to those people. I am still a bit in shock, but the kindness and quick thinking of all of those people who came together to save my life will forever have my thanks and gratitude. I wish I could thank them each individually. I hope they know how sincerely glad I am that they were there, and that they were brave enough to do what they did."

Charlice Lewis, the operator who stopped the train, was honored by the MBTA Board of Directors Monday afternoon for her actions.

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