In the wee hours of yesterday morning on the southbound platform of the 23rd Street 4/6 subway station, Sean L. McCarthy, well-known to NYC comedy aficionados as the proprietor of the popular comedy blog The Comic’s Comic, discovered a man lying on the tracks, apparently passed out. He alerted the station agent, who got on the phone, but not in time to stop a train from coming. So McCarthy frantically waved down the train, which stopped just in time, probably saving the man’s life. McCarthy told the whole harrowing story on his blog and posted this picture, which he took at the scene. It’s a pretty scary indictment of the MTA’s communication system, which seems to have broken down in this case.
Seeing a Man on the Tracks: What Would You Do? [The Comic’s Comic]