This morning, right before my eyes, I saw a kids slip in the gap between the platform and the subway train. I was standing about 6 feet away.
He came running down the platform as the doors were closing. He stuck his foot out as the doors were closing but missed. I’m assuming he was trying to get his foot in the door to keep them open because his mom was trailing behind. He looked to be about 12 or 13 years old. Tall and lanky.
So he came running up to the train (I was already on board facing the door). He jumped with one foot out but it hit the outside of the door and slid down. With that, he fell with one leg down in the gap right up to his hip. The other leg and rest of his body were still on the platform.
A guy standing in the doorway also saw the whole thing and stuck his foot in the door when he saw the kid slip. He fought the doors as he bent down to pull the kid back up.
The platform had a new plastic edge…the yellow kind. He cut his hand a little bit on it as he fell. Nothing major but that’s the only injury he complained of.
Almost by magic, two police officers were right there helping the kid get up too. Eventually one put his foot in the door to to keep it open.
The kid ended up fine and got right on with us. He joked about it with the guy that helped him get back up.
The kicker of it is the train door operator kept trying to close the doors! Even with a kid’s leg in the gap, a passenger holding one door, and a cop holding the other, the dick running the doors kept trying to close them. The second officer had his flashlight out trying to signal them to stop, but they never poked their head out the window like they are supposed to.
So if this ever happens to you, take note. You’d better move it or lose it.