Woman falls on SEPTA subway tracks, rescued by Good Samaritan

July 16, 2013 8:39:42 PM PDT
SEPTA officials are praising the efforts of a man who rescued a woman who fell on the subway tracks in North Philadelphia.

The surveillance video is somewhat bizarre, as SEPTA cameras captured the woman spinning and spinning until she fell right onto the tracks.

"I see something that just doesn't look right on the track," said 35-year-old Ray Scott.

Scott says it was around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when he walked into the North Philadelphia station at Broad and Lehigh and spotted the woman face down in a pool of water.

He immediately hit the emergency call box alerting police, jumped down and turned the woman over.

"She was, like, 'Please save me. I don't want to die. I have a little girl.' And I was, like, 'Don't worry, you're going to be all right,'" said Scott. "I figured somebody's got to do something. That girl could be down there dying right now. Someone could be missing a mother, a daughter and aunt or something like that."

SEPTA says it knows the woman had some type of medical condition and could be seen leaning on a pillar before her fall.

Scott stayed with her until police and medics arrived.

SEPTA says riders should stay off the energized tracks, but it is praising Scott. The transportation agency is not the only one.

"My dad's a hero," said Ray Scott, Jr.

Scott's 17-year-old son and mother are mighty proud.

"I said, 'You took a risk, son.' But he said, 'God was with me. Mom, you always told me God is with me, you always told me to have faith. God is with me.' I said, 'Yes, son, but I just thank God that you're okay.'"

"He was just telling me, like, giving me advice to always help people, do the right thing. 'Don't be another kid out here just throwing his life away, be able to help somebody,'" said Ray Scott, Jr.

Afraid of electrocution or an oncoming train, Scott says his heart was racing down on those tracks but he would do it again in a heartbeat.

"Definitely man, definitely do it," he said. "I would do it a million times right now. I would hope somebody would help me if I was in a situation like that, no matter how dangerous it is."


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