Motorman attacked with screwdriver speaks out

July 27, 2011 4:24:36 AM PDT
It was a nightmare on the number 5 train when a crazed man attacked a subway motorman.

Last Friday afternoon, it was a chaotic scene aboard the No. 5 train, when witnesses say a deranged man jumped into the motorman's cab at the 149th Street Station.

"I tried walk on the train almost as far as I could go, because this guy was coming after me with just about everything he had to try and stab me," Daryl George said.

Passengers knew the motorman was in trouble, but there was little they could do.

George was fighting for his life as the man screamed and tried to attack him with a sharpened screwdriver.

George and the suspect were fighting for control of the train, and George was trying desperately to stop it, and passengers were trying to help him, but the door was still closed.

"There was a lot of commotion, people were yelling, and I was just focusing on taking the footage," Ronald Baker said.

But George made a bold move.

"I distracted him by telling him we were going to hit something, and when he turned around I grabbed the hand with the screwdriver, and we started wrestling back and forth for the screwdriver. At that time I was able to get the door open and some passengers came in to assist me," George said.

The passengers subdued the man with the screwdriver and eventually police came, but the incident haunts Daryl George.

"You know I'm still thinking about it, it definitely could have gone differently, it's a scary thing, I'm just scared thinking about it," George said.

The suspect faces numerous charges.