Good samaritan saves woman from subway tracks

March 29, 2013 2:43:58 PM PDT
A Queens singer and songwriter became an instant hero, after he stepped off a train and jumped into action to help a woman who had fallen onto the tracks at the Hewes Street subway station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

You could definitely say Matthew Southerland gets 'into' his music.

In fact, the singer-songwriter from Astoria was working on his new song on the train Thursday.

That is, until he realized he was on the wrong train, the "M", which took him to Williamsburg entirely by accident.

And he got off, at the moment an elderly woman had fallen onto the tracks.

"And I heard this woman screaming for help, and she was like, 'Someone fell on the tracks'", said Southerland. "So I ran up there and saw the woman laying there".

Matthew sprang into action, but a transit worker was warning people to stay off the tracks until they could shut the power off.

That's when he says another guy jumped down to save the woman, then hoisted her up to Matthew and another young man.

"That one guy was actually brave enough to go down on the tracks, so that was amazing," said Southerland.

But here's what's also amazing.

Matthew's song contains the lyrics "Don't let me fall down..hold onto me, don't let go. I'm not slippin' through your fingers."

No, you can't make this stuff up.

And she didn't slip through his fingers.

The elderly woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital, in stable condition. Talk about karma.

"That was exactly what I was thinking," said Southerland. "I'm like, the lyrics tie right in with the situation. You know, it was really weird."