CCTV footage captures the horrific moment a woman was shoved into the path of an oncoming train in New York.
The woman, 40, miraculously escaped with only minor injuries after she lay flat on the track bed as two trains went over her at 14th St Union Square station on Thursday morning.
A homeless man named Aditya Vemulapati, 24, turned himself into police immediately after the ‘unprovoked’ attack. He has been charged with attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment.
Emergency responders found the victim trapped under a 5 train with a head injury at around 8.45am and shut down the power on the tracks to rescue her, according to CBS.
Her injuries were not life-threatening and she was alert, but medics took her to be looked over at Bellevue Hospital.
Vemulapati allegedly muttered to himself on the platform before pushing the victim without a word.
He is said to have made no attempt to run away, immediately surrendering to an MTA train service supervisor by lying on the ground.
NYPD Assistant Chief Kathleen O’Reilly said Vemulapati had ‘no contact’ with the victim before the ‘disturbing’ incident.
She said: ‘There were no words exchanged. It’s very disturbing. We see him waiting, calculating, for the train to approach the station and the opportune moment.’
Ms O’Reilly added that it was ‘by the grace of God’ that the victim only sustained minor injuries.
Platform conductor Bernie Wilkerson said he saw a ‘disheveled-looking’ man ‘run at full speed and push the victim onto the tracks’.
Speaking to the New York Post, he was the staff member who shouted at the attacker before he dropped to the ground.
He said: ’I think he thought I was a cop. She’s gonna make it with minor injuries and that’s a great bit.’
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