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Man Killed After Being Pushed Onto Tracks in Philadelphia Subway

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After being punched and thrown onto the rails during a platform brawl, a man from Philadelphia was killed by an oncoming SEPTA subway train. credit: flickr / BeyondDC CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A Philadelphia man was killed by an oncoming SEPTA subway train after he was punched and thrown onto the rails during a platform brawl.

The incident took place at the subway station at 34th and Market Street in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon and was caught on video by an eyewitness.

The shocking footage shows the two men fighting just steps away from the edge of the platform as the train is heard approaching the station.

The tall, husky man is first seen pinning the shorter man against a pillar. He scolds the other man while making threatening gestures. The other man manages to escape and throws two punches at him, causing the tall man to stumble and fall onto the tracks. Only moments later, the train pulls into the station, and horrified passengers can be heard as they realize what has happened.

According to the New York Post, SEPTA police located and arrested forty-year-old Chaz Latoun Wearing at the next station on the subway line and charged him with involuntary manslaughter.

In their statement, Philadelphia authorities point out that the indictment may change if new information about the case comes to light.

Wearing, who is believed to be homeless, has previously had run-ins with the police and has an outstanding warrant for his arrest for another assault.

Greek-American Student Saves Man from New York Subway Tracks

Recently, a Greek-American student pulled a stranger off of the subway train tracks in the Bronx just moments before a train approached the station.

Greek-American student saves man fallen onto subway tracks
Bryce Demopoulos pulls the man off the railway tracks in the Bronx. Video screenshot/YouTube/Washington Square News

“It was pretty surreal,” Bryce Demopoulos, a senior at Cornell University, said according to Washington Square News, a student newspaper.

“While I was actually on the track, I did hear a train getting louder and louder and I didn’t know if it was on that track or another track at first,” Demopoulos said. “I knew that I could get out of the way quickly, but I was worried about carrying him out.”

While waiting for the train at the Third Avenue-138 Street station, he saw a man who he said appeared to be intoxicated stumble onto the tracks.

Demopoulos jumped onto the tracks, helped the man back onto the platform and then jumped up himself, making it off of the tracks as the oncoming train’s lights could be seen entering the station behind him, Washington Square News reports.

“It just seemed like the thing that a reasonable person had a responsibility to do,” Demopoulos said.

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