A Houston Metro transit officer attending President Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington saved the life of a woman who fell in front of a Metrorail train, officials said.
A 68-year-old woman fell onto the tracks of an oncoming Metrorail train and couldn’t move, officials said. When officer Eliot Swainson heard of the woman’s conditions, he jumped on the tracks and tried to move her.
But when Swainson couldn’t get the woman off the tracks as a train was nearing, he pulled the woman into the safety areas under the track platforms until the train could pass, officials said.
Once the train passed, emergency crews were called and the woman was lifted on to the tracks. She was transported to a local hospital to treat a dislocated shoulder.
Swainson was in Washington helping regulate the rails and had been trained on certain aspects of the Metro Rail System, including the locations of the safety areas, officials said.