Man loses balance and plummets onto subway tracks

BOSTON (CNN) - Bystanders rescued a man who plunged onto subway tracks when he lost his balance and fell.

"It was nuts it was the craziest thing I've ever seen," witness James Nguyen said.

Nguyen was waiting on an orange line platform at North Station when he saw the man lose his balance and take a nose dive.

"He tumbled right in, stumbled right in," he said. "I heard a big book turned around the guy was face first onto the tracks."

The whole scene is all too familiar in the subway station. In November of 2009, an intoxicated woman fell onto the tracks after a Celtics game as a train was coming in. The conductor was barely juts able to stop inches from her head.

In this latest incident, even though a train was coming and headlights could be seen on surveillance video, the driver had plenty of time to stop.

It was a good thing too, because the fallen man couldn't get back up.

That's when fellow passengers took the lead and stepped in to hoist him to safety.

Transit employees said the man didn't appear seriously hurt by the fall, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

They said he appeared to be intoxicated.

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