Surveillance video: Metro passenger rescues unconscious man from tracks

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Our friends at have obtained this surveillance video of the incident in which Dimas Pinzon jumped onto the tracks at the Virginia Square Metro Station to aid another man who had fallen onto the tracks while having a medical emergency, just as another train was pulling into the station.

Pinzon had to pick his way around the electrified third rail, and at one point actually stood on top of the rail cover. Predictably, Metro spokesman Ron Holzer discourages this behavior, pointing out quite correctly that the third rail is dangerous and the cover is not meant to support a person’s weight, but then he asserts that the correct course of action is to notify the station manager so that the train can be stopped.

I don’t know what stations Holzer is using, where you can count on making it to the top of the escalator and actually finding a station manager near his or her desk, but they are not the stations I am passing through, and it’s not like the platforms have a convenient way to page the station manager.  So I am not sure I’d be willing to risk letting a train hit another human being while I ran around to find the manager.

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4 thoughts on “Surveillance video: Metro passenger rescues unconscious man from tracks

  1. FYI: the emergency buttons on the platform pylons act as an intercom to the station manager. I found this out when I accidentally leaned against one while reading a book :).

  2. What’s important too is that another person ran up the platform to signal the train operator to stop, then ran back to help. Good thinking !

  3. I was impressed that the train stopped so quickly. I hope someone will do a follow-up about precisely what transpired so more people can react appropriately to someone falling. If there’s a quick intercom to someone who can institute emergency procedures immediately then it should be reported widely. I would hope to make decisions so quickly and so well.