Woman rescued after falling off Davis Square T platform

In a tense incident this morning at the Red Line’s Davis Square Station, a woman stepped off the platform into the train pit but was swiftly rescued by bystanders.

Dramatic video released by the MBTA shows the woman falling in the pit and lying on the tracks at about 8:41 a.m. A lone man appears not to see her — but looks around as if he hears something — as he walks down the empty platform.

Then a crowd of bystanders arrives and rushes to her aid, including two men who jump into the pit to lift her out and others who help from the platform.


Jim Kang, 36, of Cambridge, said he entered the Davis Square station when the woman fell.

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“Before 9 a.m., I came down the stairs of the Davis Square T station and heard screaming,” Kang said in an e-mail. “I, and many others, looked around for the source.”

Kang said he then saw passengers helping the woman off the tracks.

“A man asked people to move away from the woman, saying she was his wife,” Kang said. “Soon after that, a T employee came by asking what happened, and the woman said she fell in and that her arm was broken.”

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said she was never in danger of being struck by a train; no train was anywhere near the station at the time.


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