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On This Day in History, January 13: Watch Your Back in the Subway

New Yorkers are horrified at the all-too-often news of a death or appalling injury of a MTA subway rider from a push by some mad deranged person into the path of an oncoming train. Wise riders will generally stand a reasonably safe distance from the edge of the platform as they are advised to do over the station loud speakers.
 

An item in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Jan. 13, 1935, is further proof that such incidents happens all too often. This one, fortunately, was not too tragic.
 
WOMAN PUSHED ONTO TRACKS BY THIEF SAVED BY TRAINMAN 
 
“A thief snatched the purse of Mrs. Stella Gluckman of 1325 Grand Concourse, the Bronx, yesterday afternoon on the platform of the Independent Subway Station, 170th St. and the Grand Concourse, the Bronx, and then pushed her to the tracks. The man got away.
 
“Mrs. Gluckman, who was waiting for a northbound train, screamed when she fell headlong and her cries were heard by a woman on the other side of the station. The latter woman notified Ernest Geczi, conductor of a southbound train that had just pulled in, and he leaped to the roadway and raced across the tracks to aid Mrs. Gluckman. She was trying weakly to climb over the edge of the platform as a train was approaching. Geczi carried the woman across the tracks to a safe place in the center and waved frantically with his left arm to stop the train. The train came to a halt a scant 25 feet from them.
 
“The woman was taken to Morrisania Hospital where she was attended for shock and bruises. Her purse contained $8. She is a widow, 53 years old.”
January 13, 2012 - 7:00am


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