A 31-year-old woman who was reportedly sleepwalking survived a terrifying moment when she fell into the track pit at the Davis Square station on the Red Line Monday morning in Somverville, Mass.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority released a surveillance video showing the woman by herself walking across a platform around 8:40 a.m., through the yellow warning area and dropping down onto the tracks. She only just missed the live third electric rail.
She laid there for about a minute until a group of good Samaritans came onto the platform and carried her out.
“She was never in danger of being struck by a train. No train was anywhere near Davis Station at the time. She is being treated for an arm injury,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo told CBS Boston in an email. Her name has not been released.
According to the incident report, the woman told the ambulance crew that she dozed off on a platform bench and probably slept-walked into the pit. She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and the injury on her lower left are was treated.
Jim Kang, a commuter from Cambridge, was there when he heard the woman's scream after she fell.
“I came down the stairs and I heard some screaming,” he told CBS Boston. “There was a lady on the platform. She'd just been pulled up and then thre were two men down there who were trying to get up.”
Even though the passengers who showed immense courage when they jumped down to help pull the woman out, a spokesman for the (MBTA) urged people not to jump onto the tracks.
They should inform a member of staff instead who can stop all trains from entering the station, the spokesman said.
This was the third time in less than a month that someone has fallen onto the tracks on the T-line.