Published December 17, 2013
A blind man tumbled onto the subway tracks in Harlem on Tuesday, and his brave seeing eye dog leaped after him — with both surviving two subway cars that rolled over them, according to witnesses.
Ana Quinones, 53, of Morningside Heights said Pececil Williams, 60, was standing too close to the edge of the uptown A train platform shortly before 9:35 a.m. at the 125th Street station– and his black labrador tried to bring him to safety.
"The dog was trying to pull him away from the southbound edge of the platform, but his feet were on the edge, he was wobbling, and the dog was barking," she said.
The man still fell — and Quinones said the dog jumped after him.
"But there was nothing he could do once he was down there. He just sat there with the man. He just licked the man's face trying to get him to move," she said.
About 15 seconds later, she said the uptown A came into the station– and the motorman slammed on his brakes, according to cops.
One witness said when the train approached, the man scooted in the middle where it was deeper, and the train went over him and the dog.
Cops said the two were slightly struck by the train, but not seriously hurt.
FIT student Ashley Prenza, 18, said all the riders had been shouting, and couldn’t look at the tracks when the train started to come in.