Subway Clerk Marty Goodman Cuts Power To Train To Prevent Man’s Suicide

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Subway tracks (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Subway tracks (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A quick thinking subway booth clerk saved a man from committing suicide by cutting power to the tracks before the train approached.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Marty Goodman said he had hoped this would never happen while he was on duty. The subway clerk said that it was around 5:30 a.m. Friday when he saw a man jump onto the subway tracks at the 86th Street station at Central Park.

“I said ‘People will miss you if you do this.’ He said ‘Stay away from me’,” Goodman recounted.

At first, Goodman said he tried to talk to the man, but that’s when Goodman said he saw the train coming their way, so he quickly ran and cut the power to the approaching train.

“I heard the power go off with a boom,” he said.

Firefighters and police soon arrived to take the distraught man to a hospital. He was not hit.

“I would like to cheer the man up. It is some hard times,” said Goodman. “Bad things are happening to good people. Maybe he needs a job, that is a problem nowadays.”

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