Man lying on tracks survives train passing over him (video)

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A man survived an extremely close encounter with a train on the New York Subway.

A video of the incident was posted on YouTube and shows the man appearing emotionally disturbed and screaming as he lies on the tracks.

According to the Daily Mail, passengers on the platform tried to help the man but could not move him. They looked away in horror as a train passed over him and miraculously he survived.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz told Gothamist the incident happened in 2013 at around 3:15 am.

"The male originally refused medical aid but was forced to go to Columbia Presbyterian hospital as an emotionally disturbed person with EMS," he said.

Last year, a man in Philadelphia was hailed a hero after he jumped onto Subway tracks to help a passenger who fell off a platform.

Christopher Knafelc, 32, was waiting for a train in north Philadelphia when he saw the 63-year-old man walk off the platform and fall onto the tracks.

He jumped down to help the man, even though he knew a train would be arriving in a few minutes.

Good Samaritan Christopher said he wasn't thinking about the dangers of being just a few feet away from a live track and just had the victim in mind.

"Out of corner of my eye I saw a body flail onto the tracks," Knafelc told CBS Philadelphia. "I really couldn't see very well from where I was sitting. I approached him, I could tell he was in pain.

"I jumped down, I knew I had about five to ten minutes until another train," he said.

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