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At Least One Subway Disaster Averted This Week

Commuters wait on a platform as a train arrives at a subway station in New York, November 21, 2008. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authorithy (MTA) said that to plug a 1.2 billion USD budget gap next year, it must increase fare and toll revenues by 23 percent, which would raise an additional 670 USD million if the increase goes into effect in early June.

On Monday, Ki Suk Han died after being pushed in front of the Q train, and on Friday a man in his twenties was seriously injured when he jumped onto the L train tracks, so New Yorkers will likely find themselves especially happy to hear that a group of people managed to save a life at the Bowling Green station on Thursday night. After an apparently drunk homeless man, Jack Simmons, fell onto the tracks, 31-year-old Doreen Winkler convinced “a reluctant Good Samaritan” to jump down and help him. (Winkler was afraid she was too small to pull the fallen man up herself.) The rescuer (who left the station after the incident and remains unidentified) managed to pull Simmons over to the platform, where Winkler and two other women dragged the two men to safety as the uptown 5 train approached. “It all happened so fast,” said Voice of America correspondent Margaret Besheer, who witnessed the scene. “Thank God this had a happy ending.”