December 4th, 2010
02:53 PM ET

Man barely saved from train

An off-duty police officer named Angel leaped off a subway platform Friday in Madrid, Spain, and dragged a fallen man off the tracks just as a train arrived.

The officer said on the Spanish National Police YouTube channel that he had been standing on the platform with his girlfriend when people started shouting.

"I observed a stir at the station, and then I saw the man who had fallen on the tracks," he said while calmly narrating a video of the dramatic rescue.

"I ran out, I took off my jacket, and I threw myself onto the tracks. At the same time I had to maintain my awareness of the train that was approaching because it was just about to arrive."

The train barely missed both men as other patrons frantically waved at the train operator. The officer then scooped the man up in his arms and placed him on the platform.

"This has been a very particular experience, but they prepare us for this sort of thing," he said.

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  1. The Red Shuttle ...

    a very lucky day for a very lucky guy!!! 🙂 ...

    December 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • d

      not only was he saved, he was saved a month ago, way to go cnn, your on the ball once again.............

      December 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stuart Lagerbauer

    Barely Saved??? From the text of the article, I believe the man was completely saved. The man is alive and well, not maimed or dead. Thus he was fully saved (from death). Unacceptable word usage for a journalist... Shame on you.

    December 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Narrator

      These "reporters" constantly butcher basic grammer as well. I only blog here to avoid the other discussion sites. I'd much rather discuss daily news than Obama's religion.

      December 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Floria sigmundi

    How very bizarre an strange

    December 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    slow news day? and he fell because?

    December 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J Assange

    he fell because an american diplomat pushed him. Read more about it on my website, Wikileaks.

    December 4, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |

    not all angels can fly i guess.

    December 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • yup

      None of them can, because there is no such thing.

      December 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Yes, he is lucky. I like M&M's with cold milk. Does anyone consume these two items at the same sitting? Is this weird or normal?

    December 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tomcat

    @cesar depends, plain or peanut? or one of the new fangled types? people in Texas usually worry what goes best with their beer! lol

    December 4, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @Tomcat. You're right; didn't realize this could become so technical. CLARIFICATION: Plain.

    December 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tomcat

    being lactose intolerant never had the pleasure. soooo whatever blows wind up your skirt....enjoy

    December 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |

    ever mix a mouthfull of m&m's and pop rocks?

    December 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |

    this story would have been better if it was
    "man-bear saved from train"

    December 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JoMac

    haha barely saved? I think he was completely saved! Nice grammar.

    December 5, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Veritas

    I love stories about heros. someone risks life and limb to save another his place in heaven is waiting for certain

    December 5, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • yup

      No, it's not certain, there's no proof that such a place even exists.

      December 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ?

    @ yep!! you need to read the Bible!! i mean come on!! if you dont believe in Heaven u must not believe in God!! who do you think created this world? guess you think it was just put here. well yep whoever you are i will be praying to GOD for you that you get to know Him before it to late!! and i would like to ask everyone else to pray to GOD for 'yep' and everyone like him/her! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!!!!

    December 6, 2010 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
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