Woman saved after fall onto subway tracks

August 30, 2010 9:01:03 AM PDT
A subway passenger experienced a near-death experience when she accidentally tumbled onto the tracks.

"I actually watched her go off the platform, so I didn't even need anybody to wave or to get my attention. I knew that I had to stop the train," Francis Lusk said. "I brought my train to a controlled stop"

And that is how 36-year-old Lusk went from mild-mannered motorman to hero.

He was operating the Queens-bound N train Saturday morning, pulling into the 59th Street station at 5th Avenue when he witnessed every worker's worst nightmare - a woman on the tracks.

A photograph snapped by a fellow passenger shows the woman sprawled across the tracks.

He had only seconds to respond, but he was able to stop the multi-ton approaching train just in time,

Without missing a beat, he called for the electricity to be turned off the third rail.

Then he jumped onto the tracks himself to comfort and help the injured commuter.

"I asked her if she was alright, if she was dizzy or anything. She said that she was bleeding, so I had some tissues in my back pocket that I gave her," he said.

Lusk says he's embarrassed by all the attention, including an offer for free tickets to a Mets game next month.

He says he was only doing his job.