Man jumps on Philly tracks to help person who fell

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Transit police in Philadelphia are calling a local man a hero for jumping onto subway tracks to help a man who fell off the platform.

    Thirty-two-year-old Christopher Knafelc was waiting for a train at the Cecil B. Moore stop of the Broad Street Line on Thursday afternoon when he saw a man walk off the platform and fall on the tracks. He jumped onto the tracks to help the man, knowing that another train would be arriving in a few minutes.

    He held the man’s head and neck stable until firefighters arrived. Train traffic was halted.

    Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III says Knafelc is a hero.

    Nestel says investigators don’t know what caused the man to fall on the tracks. He was taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition.

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