Blind Man, Dog Fall Onto Subway Tracks

Blind Man, Dog Fall Onto Subway Tracks

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A blind man who fell onto the subway tracks in Manhattan on Tuesday morning said that his guide dog tried to save him. Now, after the story broke, a good Samaritan has started an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to help the man raise the money to keep his guide dog.

Cecil Williams, 61, fell onto the tracks at the northbound platform at 125 Street on the A/B/C/D line at about 9:30 a.m. He told the AP that he had fainted. His black Labrador retriever fell onto the tracks with him.

A construction worker at the station saw that Williams had fallen and told him to stay down in the space between the rails and not try to get back up on the platform, the MTA said in a statement.

Williams told the Associated Press that he does remember someone telling him to be still.

Other commuters at the station tried to alert the operator of an oncoming A train, but the driver was not able to stop in time, the MTA said. One and a half cars passed over Williams and his dog, the MTA said. The train did not hit Williams, who suffered minor lacerations, the MTA said. He was listed in stable condition, St. Luke's Hospital said.

The dog didn't have any noticeable injuries, the MTA said.

"The dog saved my life," Williams said. He told that the AP he was astonished by the help from emergency crews and bystanders on the platform.

As Williams regained consciousness, he heard someone telling him to be still. Emergency workers put him on a stretcher and pulled him from the subway, and made sure the dog was not badly injured.

"I'm feeling amazed," Williams said. "I feel that God, the powers that be, have something in store from me. They didn't take me away this time. I'm here for a reason."

Williams and the dog were taken to a hospital where they were expected to recover. Williams says he is not sure why he lost consciousness, but he cited the fact that he is on insulin and other medications as potential factors.

Williams, of Brooklyn, has been blind since 1995. Orlando is his second dog. The lab will be 11 on January 5, and will be retiring soon, Williams said. His health insurance will not cover the cost of a non-working dog, so he will be looking for a good home for him.

Williams said if he had the money, he would definitely keep him. Since yesterday, Grant Kirsh, a self-titled "Good Samaritan" has started a campaign to help out Williams. Already, more than $25,000 have been raised by 684 people. You can see the campaign to help Williams by clicking here.

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