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Indian American Subway Operator Stops Train Few Feet Away From Man Pushed Onto Tracks in New York City

Indian American Subway Operator Stops Train Few Feet Away From Man Pushed Onto Tracks in New York City

  • Tobin Madathil, who was operating the F train on May 24 morning, was forced to bring to an emergency stop when he thought saw something in his path.

An Indian American New York City subway operator is being hailed for his alertness in avoiding a major disaster. Tobin Madathil was operating the F train on May 24 morning, and was forced to bring it to an emergency stop, about 30 feet from an Asian man who was pushed onto the tracks at a Queens subway station. 

Madathil, 29, old The New York Post that he was pulling into the 21st Street-Queensbridge station around 7:45 a.m. when he thought saw something in his path. “Right when I was coming into the station people were waving at me, and that’s when I immediately placed the train into emergency mode.” He said he was “glad” he was able to stop on time and “didn’t hit the guy, thank God!”

 Madathil said he exited the train and went to the victim. “He was bleeding from the head,” he told The Post, adding that good Samaritans from the platform” were also helping the victim. He said he called the subway control center and requested medical attention. Soon after, EMS and police arrived, he said. The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center with a cut on his forehead.

The Hill newspaper called Madathil a “hero,” while Jaslin Kaur, a candidate for New York City Council from District 23, called him her neighbor and a “local hero.” She tweeted: “An Asian man was shoved onto the train tracks in another horrifying incident of anti-Asian hate violence. “But conductor Tobin Madathil stopped his train right in time to save him. He’s one of my neighbors here in Glen Oaks. Thank you to our local hero.” 

Another user named Chris Thomas tweeted: “This is awesome, proud of Tobin Madathil for stepping up and being a hero!”

Madathil has been working as a train operator for two years now, as per The Post. Explaining how he always tries to be ready for the unexpected, he told The Post: “I just try to stay focused at all times when I operate, just watch the tracks and platform, just be alert,” he said.

Meanwhile, The Post reported that the suspected subway shover remained on the loose on May 24. Cops told The Post that during the attack, the suspect said something to the victim, described as an 36-year-old Asian man, who did not understand him. The crime is being investigated as a possible bias incident, police told The Post. The suspect, who fled to the street, is described as a man between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 11, last seen wearing a mask over his face and a black hooded sweater and black pants.

This is a latest attack in the city which has seen a recent spate in anti-Asian and anti-semitic crimes.

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