The shocking moment a woman was shoved into the path of an incoming train by a stranger in a Manhattan subway station on Thursday morning was captured on surveillance footage.
The unidentified 40-year-old woman miraculously escaped with only minor injuries after lying flat on the track bed as the train passed over her.
She was pushed from the northbound 4/5/6 platform at the 14th St – Union Square station at around 8.45am.
Her assailant, 24-year-old homeless man Aditya Vemulapati immediately turned himself in after the ‘unprovoked’ attack.
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He was charged with attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment on Thursday afternoon.
Thursday morning’s assault was the second time in 14 hours that a person was pushed onto NYC subway tracks by a stranger.
According to CBS, witnesses said they saw Vemulapati pacing and muttering to himself on the platform before pushing the woman as the train pulled in.
He allegedly didn’t say a word as he pushed her and made no attempt to run away.
‘A suspect was immediately taken into custody after a vicious and unprovoked assault at 14th St Union Sq,’ NYPD Transit said. ‘This is an ongoing investigation.’
Emergency responders rushed to the scene after receiving several frantic 911 calls.
They found the unidentified 40-year-old woman trapped under a 5 train with a head injury and FDNY ordered power to the tracks to be shut down as they pulled the victim out.
She had allegedly been able to lay flat on the track bed as the train went over her, avoiding major injuries. Two subway cars passed over her before the train came to a stop.
A woman was hospitalized on Thursday morning after being pushed onto the tracks at Union Square subway station and struck by a 5 train in an unprovoked attack on a male assailant
FDNY rescue the 40-year-old woman pushed under a train by a stranger on Thursday
FDNY had to cut off the power to the train as they rescued the woman from under a car
Her injuries were considered non-life-threatening and she was alert and conscious but was taken to Bellevue Hospital, cops said.
‘It was by the grace of God that she sustained only minor injuries,’ NYPD Transit Chief Kathleen O’Reilly said.
‘We see him waiting and calculating when the train comes into the station, and at the opportune moment he pushed her to the tracks.
‘Twenty-two million passengers pass through this station every year, so it’s fortunate for us that our officers knew exactly where they needed to be,’ O’Reilly added.
Crowds looked on as the woman was rescued. Witnesses were able to identify the attacker who immediately surrendered to an MTA train service supervisor by lying on the ground
Emergency responders rushed to the scene after receiving several frantic 911 calls at 8.30am
Watch as @NYPDTransit Chief O¿Reilly briefs the media on an incident at Union Square in which a female was pushed on to the tracks as a train was pulling into the station. @FDNY helped the victim off the tracks, and our officers quickly made an arrest. pic.twitter.com/ajvHWVr5mr