NEW YORK — Dramatic video showed witnesses pulling a young girl to safety after her father allegedly jumped in front of a New York City subway train with the child in his arms Monday, Sept. 23.
Police said the man jumped in front of an oncoming Manhattan-bound No. 4 train at the Kingsbridge Road station in the Bronx while holding his 5-year-old daughter.
Video taken from the opposing platform showed two men lifting the girl, dressed in a bright blue vest and still wearing her pink backpack, out from under the train.
A crowd of commuters standing on the platform, some covering their mouths, rushed to help the little girl.
“The only thing she was saying was ‘Papa. My papa,’” 32-year-old Antonio Love, one of the men who jumped down to the tracks, told the New York Times.
The girl's father, identified by the paper as 45-year-old Fernando Balbuena-Flores, was pronounced dead at the scene. The girl, who was not immediately identified, suffered minor injuries.
"I'm a mom, and this devastated me like crazy," one woman told WPIX. "I'm absolutely just so thankful that she's alright."
A photo showed the girl alert and seemingly crying while being held by a fire official at the scene.
Officials said they did not know why Balbuena-Flores may have jumped. The train's operator, a 20-year veteran, was treated for trauma, the Times reported.
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