Photo Captures Life-Saving Moment for Woman on Subway Tracks

Annie Colbert
Photo Captures Life-Saving Moment for Woman on Subway Tracks
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1. Tom Robinson Photography

A woman in New York came just feet from getting hit by a train on the city's subway tracks. A photo of the incident shot by a straphanger on the platform, and then captured by Humans of New York, has begun making its way across Facebook and Tumblr.

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The caption of the photograph describes what happened:

"I was on the G-Train heading north through Brooklyn when the train abruptly stopped before the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station. The conductor shut down the power of the train, and held us there for about 20 minutes. When we finally pulled into the station, a breathless woman entered my car. 'A woman had a seizure and fell on the tracks!' she said, excitedly. 'And a train was coming into the station! Luckily the driver noticed and slammed on the brakes.' She pulled out her phone to show just how close the train had come to hitting the woman.

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Supposedly, after the last few incidents, the MTA has been urging its drivers to be hyperaware when entering stations. Looks like a life was saved today by one driver who took the warning to heart."

Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans of New York, told Mashable in an email that the striking photograph is "completely authentic."

1. Tom Robinson Photography

Who shoots it: Tom Robinson What it captures: Travel scenes "In 2008 I packed my bags and hit the road with a rucksack half full of clothes and half full of camera equipment. One year later, I returned and set up my blog to show my friends and family what adventures I'd had along the way. From there, I started getting photography commissions and now regularly travel the world photographing different countries, festivals and events. "Photography has been a passion of mine for a long time, and I'm fortunate enough to now make a living out of my hobby. It makes me feel very lucky and happy to travel to different parts of the world and record what I find. Having said that, sometimes it drives me nuts -- usually due to bad weather or just not getting the quality of shots I want. I think this motivation is important though, as it makes you constantly try harder." -- Tom Robinson At left is Robinson's favorite photo, taken in a very remote part of Bolivia.

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Image used with permission, Humans of New York

This story originally published on Mashable here.