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Blind New York man and his guide dog run over by train in front of horrified passengers

By Mason White 12:26 PM December 18, 2013
Cecil Williams and his dog 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A blind man and his guide dog were run over by a train after collapsing on the tracks, according to rescue workers in New York.

New York rescue workers said that a blind survived being hit by a train, and they credited his guide dog with saving his life.

Cecil Williams, 61, of Harlem section of New York City, was at the 145th Street station around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, when he began to feel weak. Despite the best efforts of his dog, a black Labrador named Orlando, Williams fell onto the edge of the platform and the tracks.

“He went down, and the dog immediately jumped,” Matthew Martin, who was at the scene as the story unfolded, said. “The dog did not run away. It was kissing him, trying to get him to move,” he said.

Others passengers on the platform alerted workers about Williams. Officials ordered Williams to stay in the middle of the tracks. Less than a minute later, an A train pulled into the station.

The train operator stopped immediately, but not before the rain drove over Williams and Orlando. Luckily, neither the man nor the dog suffered serious injuries. Transit officials pulled Orlando from under the train before Williams was extracted with the help of a board and neck brace.

“The dog saved my life,” Williams said from St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was taken after suffering from a cut on his head.