The surveillance video is grainy, but watch the highlighted portion. A man tumbles off the Metro platform at Pentagon City. The crowd gathers, a mere seven seconds later...lights from an oncoming train filled the tunnel.
"It wasn't until they got him up that they realized how close the train was," said one witness.
The part you can't see in the video is Jennifer Buchanan, of Anandale, and her 72-year-old father from Massachusetts saving the man's life.
"She said it was spontaneous. Her father was the same way, he needed help getting up so they got him up," said a witness.
Gary Simpson is Buchanan's neighbor of more than a dozen years. "Now, instead of Jennifer the neighbor, she is the Jennifer local hero," he said.
Metro explains, the rider at the center of the harrowing ordeal was texting while walking and walked right off the platform. Simpson said his neighbor and her dad were on the way to a Capitals game and standing right there. "She said there was no time to think, this guy has fallen, 'let's help him up'," Simpson said.
Simpson said the two pulled the man to safety in the nick of time. Riders were in awe...
"I know he is grateful for them he is very very grateful," said one Metro rider. "I think it is amazing that they got him out before anything happened," said another rider. "It is a lucky save," said another rider.
But those very same riders all admitted...
Jenifer Donelson: "Do you walk and text?"
"Every day, I do every day," said one of the riders. "I usually be reading the newspaper or texting when I am walking," said another one of the riders. "I do text and walk but I also can see where I am going," said another one of the riders.
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