Man pulled from train tracks at last second after falling in California

Clark Mindock
Man reportedly misstepped before being saved as train approached: Screenshot

Dramatic video shows a last-second rescue of a man just before getting hit by a train in Oakland, California.

The man was grabbed by a station employee at a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station that was crowded following an NFL football game on Sunday night.

In the video, the employee can be seen snatching up the man as he appears to misstep and fall over the yellow safety strip just as a train approaches.

The hero transportation worker has since been identified as BART transportation supervisor John O’Connor, who had been stationed on the platform to help with crowd control following a Raiders game.

In video taken by others on the platform and posted online, Mr O’Connor and the man he saved can be seen embracing after the incident.

“He was sitting right there and he put his hand out and that’s when I’m like, dude, you almost didn’t make it,” Mr O’Connor later told KPIX 5.

Describing the rescue, he said: “The young man just walked, I saw out of the corner of my eye I saw him going in the trackway. He came to the side, and I figured out he wasn’t going to make it. So I grabbed him, pulled him up on the platform.”