Newly released video shows a transit worker in Oakland, California, pull a man out of the path of an oncoming train Sunday — and without a moment to spare.
John O’Connor, a former train operator who was promoted to a transportation supervisor with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), was on the platform at about 5:20 p.m. at the RingCentral Coliseum station, directing crowds leaving a Raiders football game.
It was at that time an intoxicated man took an accidental misstep and fell onto the trackway while a train was approaching, the transit agency said in a statement Monday.
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O'Connor yelled at the man to get back onto the platform. When the man did not move quickly enough, and as a train approached, O'Connor grabbed him by his shoulders and pulled him up to safety, the agency said.
BART hailed O'Connor, who has been with the agency for more than 20 years, as a "humble hero" in a tweet Monday accompanied by platform video of what it described as an "amazing" rescue.