Anija Lender faints on Boston subway tracks
Anija Lender, 18, grew hot and fainted onto the Boston subway tracks on Wednesday evening and straphangers jumped down to rescue her with only one minute to go before the train arrived.
The dramatic moment a young woman was saved in the nick of time after she fainted onto a Boston subway track was captured on video.
Anija Lender, 18, was waiting for the Red Line at South Street station early Wednesday evening when she said she started to feel hot. She took a sip of water from a friend's bottle, and that's the last thing she remembers.
Surveillance video captures the moment she tumbles limp as a rag doll onto the tracks below, just missing the electrified third rail, as a train is one minute away from pulling into the station.
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Surveillance cam showed the moment that Anija Lender, 18, grew faint and tumbled off the platform
She landed on the tracks, just missing the dangerous third rail, and appeared to spasm
Shocked commuters stood watching the scene unfold and a few brave souls hopped down on the tracks to help her.
At first, the young woman said she still wasn't feeling well and asked the Good Samaritans not to move her, but one said the train time table read the train was only one minute away. Lender quickly changed her mind.
'Then they said the train is coming and I said 'move me, move me,' she toldCBS Boston.
Commuters hovered over the platform and a few Good Samaritans jumped down to lift her back up to safety
'I don’t know, I guess I fainted,' she said.
Temps were still in the '80s in Boston that evening, and even hotter down on the platform.
Lender was left with a sprained ankle and six stitches over one eye but it could have been much worse.
She credits a higher power and the brave commuters for saving her life.
'I believe in God, I feel like God really had my back. He was right there with me,' she told the outlet. 'I'm so glad people came and helped me. I know if that was me, I would have been scared to jump on the tracks knowing the train was so close.'