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Subway Driver Stops Just In Time To Avoid Woman

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Riders wait on a subway platform. (credit: CBS 2)

Riders wait on a subway platform. (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (AP) – A New York City subway driver with sharp vision and even sharper reflexes was able to bring his train to a halt just short of a woman who had fallen on the tracks.

Driver Francis Lusk was bringing a train into the station at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street around 7 a.m. Saturday when he saw the woman fall into a drainage ditch between the tracks. Other travelers frantically waved and screamed to get him to stop.

He slammed on the brakes and sounded the horn to keep anyone else from jumping onto the electified rails.

Lusk was able to stop the train about 70 feet from the woman.

The woman told Lusk she was feeling dizzy. She was taken to the hospital.

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