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

Peter Donahue pdonahue2 at satx.rr.com
Wed Dec 18 03:47:24 UTC 2013

Good evening everyone,

So much for detectable warnings. We're glad the man and his dog will be 

Peter Donahue

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <DanFlasar at aol.com>
To: <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:28 PM
Subject: [Nfbmo] Blind man falls on subway tracks in NYC - Dog stays 
withhim, both survive

> All,
>     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.
> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/17/blind-man-dog-subway-tracks-nyc-sur
> vive_n_4460324.html
> Dan
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