The child's mother, who had stepped away momentarily to throw away some trash, quickly jumped down onto the tracks, spraining her ankle. According to the New York Daily News, a maintenance worker was able to hop down and help save the two before any trains came barreling down the tracks.
Other Good Samaritans joined in afterward. An official with the Transit Workers' Union said Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers took steps to stop the next train — using flashlights.
"And they stopped the train operator while he was proceeding into Parsons and Archer," said union vice president Nelson Rivera.