The Washington Post

NYC subway clerk thwarts suicide

NEW YORK — A New York City subway clerk thwarted a suicide attempt at his Manhattan station by cutting the power to the tracks as a train approached.

Marty Goodman told the New York Daily News that he raced from his booth early Friday morning when a man jumped from the subway platform.

The 62-year-old agent said he tried to persuade the man to climb up off the tracks, but had to act fast when he heard an announcement that a train was one station away.

Goodman found a power shut-off in the tunnel and threw the switch. Police and firefighters were on the scene shortly and took the distraught man to a hospital.

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