[Nfbmo] Blind man falls on subway tracks in NYC - Dog stays with him, both survive

DanFlasar at aol.com DanFlasar at aol.com
Wed Dec 18 03:28:13 UTC 2013

     Good Dog!  
     From the Huffington  post today (link at end of article)
A blind man and his dog survived being run over by a train at the 145th  
Street subway station in New York City Tuesday morning, the MTA confirms.  
Witness _Ashley  Prenza_ (https://twitter.com/ashley7th)  described the 
incident, which happened at the A train stop at 145th  Street and St. Nicolas 
Avenue a little before 10 a.m. "He was just walking  toward the yellow line 
and all of a sudden and we heard him say, 'Oh no!' and  slip and fall onto 
the tracks," _Prenza told Gothamist_ 
(http://gothamist.com/2013/12/17/man_and_dog_fall_onto_subway_tracks.php) . "Everyone started scattering to find  
someone to help him. Someone ran upstairs to find an MTA employee, and others  
were looking to see if any trains were approaching. The employee told him to 
 stay still. We heard the train coming and everyone started screaming to 
try and  stop the train, but it didn't slow down."  
Miraculously, the blind man, who _the New York Post has identified as 
60-year-old Pececil  Williams_ 
(http://nypost.com/2013/12/17/blind-man-dog-survive-falling-on-subway-tracks/) , and his dog, both survived. According to the 
MTA, after responders  pulled them from underneath the train, both were 
taken to St. Luke's  Hospital. 
The certified seeing eye dog, _police told the Associated Press_ 
(http://online.wsj.com/article/APc88688786b554acbb62f79b0e7c2baac.html) , is an 
11-year-old black  labrador named Orlando.  
Witnesses told The Post that Orlando tried to pull Williams from the 
platform  edge before he fell. Once Williams was on the tracks, Orlando jumped 
down after  him.  
Prenza told Gothamist that the man and his dog laid flat between the rails, 
 allowing the train to roll over them. Only Williams' face was injured in 
the  accident. 

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