Commuters save girl after dad jumps with her in front of subway train in Bronx

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Monday, September 23, 2019
Commuters save girl after dad jumps with her in front of subway train in Bronx
Tim Fleischer reports on commuters jumping into action to save a little girl's life in the Bronx.

KINGSBRIDGE, Bronx (WABC) -- On a crowded platform during the morning rush in the Bronx, commuters jumped into action to save a little girl's life.

Police say a 45-year-old man jumped onto the subway tracks Monday morning while holding onto his 5-year-old daughter.

The man, later identified as Fernando Balbuena-Flores, was hit by an oncoming 4 train and was pronounced dead at the scene. However, his daughter managed to find a safe spot and was not seriously hurt.

"By the sake of God, the child ended up under the train, underneath, between the wheels, this is how she was able to survive," Antonyo Love said.

Cellphone video from across the platform shows Love and another good Samaritan rushing to the little girl's aid to pull her back onto the platform.

Cellphone video captured good Samaritans helping the frightened child get back up onto the platform.

Love was not on the platform at the time, but heard the commotion and ran to see what happened.

The Memphis native didn't think twice about helping and helped the other good Samaritan who was trying to coax the little girl to crawl to them.

"She crawled from underneath the 4 train to us, we grabbed her, I gave her to the man," Love said.

The little girl was handed up to other commuters and was comforted until paramedics arrived. She was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Love just remembered what she was saying when they reached her.

"'Papa, papa, papa,' she's Spanish. The only thing she was saying was 'Papa, my papa,'" Love said.


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