Argentina subway driver says it’s a ‘miracle’ train stopped feet away from woman on tracks

Subway driver says it’s a ‘miracle’ train stopped just feet away from a woman who was accidentally knocked onto tracks in Buenos Aires by an IT worker who left work sick then fainted

  • Roxana Elizabeth Flores was operating the train and said it was a ‘miracle’ it stopped before hitting the victim simply known as Andrea
  • Flores said: ‘People signaled and I immediately saw the person on the tracks and applied the emergency brake, as the protocol says’
  • Andrea’s husband said ;she asked to watch the video’ and she ‘began to cry’ because ‘she can’t believe it’
  • Marcelo Bugallo, 33, was the man who fainted and was on his way home after feeling sick at work 
  • The ill man fainted at the subway platform in Buenos Aires on Tuesday and accidentally pushed Andrea onto the track as the train was entering the station 
  • Horrified passengers waved down the driver, Flores, who slammed on the brakes
  • Andrea and Bugallo were both treated by paramedics and the fainting man was questioned by cops but released

The woman who operated the train that came screeching to a halt just feet away from a passed out commuter on the tracks has said it’s a ‘miracle’ the vehicle stopped just in time to bring her no harm.

Roxana Elizabeth Flores, 51, spoke about the moment she realized something was wrong on Tuesday after IT worker Marcelo Bugallo, 33, fainted as he made his way home from work in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Quickly after his head hit the woman – known as Andrea – and accidentally knocked her onto the track, Flores – who has operated trains for 25 years – did what she had been trained to do.

‘People signaled and I immediately saw the person on the tracks and applied the emergency brake, as the protocol says,’ she told Cordoba.

Roxana Elizabeth Flores, 51, (right) was operating the train in Buenos Aires

Roxana Elizabeth Flores, 51, (right) was operating the train and said it was a ‘miracle’ it stopped before hitting victim Andrea who was accidentally knocked over when Marcelo Bugallo (left), 33, fainted on Tuesday in in Buenos Aires

Bugallo (circled, left) fainted at a subway station in Argentina and accidentally knocked Andrea (circled, right) onto the tracks

Bugallo (circled, left) fainted at a subway station in Argentina and accidentally knocked Andrea (circled, right) onto the tracks

The TV station also spoke to the victim’s husband on Thursday.

‘Today she asked to watch the video [of the incident] and she began to cry,’ he said. ‘She can’t believe it.’ 

The shocking clip shows heroic passengers stop the train from running over Andrea at Pueyrredón subway train station moments after Bugallo was seen leaning against a wall and looking down at the ground.

Bugallo suddenly lurches forward and lands on Andrea who was walking in front of him near the platform edge. 

The woman was then shoved onto the D-line track, and landed on her back.   

CCTV camera at a train station in Buenos Aires, Argentina, captures the moment the woman fell onto the tracks, landing on her back

CCTV camera at a train station in Buenos Aires, Argentina, captures the moment the woman fell onto the tracks, landing on her back

Worried passengers immediately waved their hands and belongings at the train driver as the subway entered the station. 

After the train stopped, two passengers then jumped onto the track, and managed to pull Andrea back onto the platform. They waited with her and the man who had inadvertently sent her flying onto the tracks until paramedics arrived.   

Andrea’s husband told La Nacional she was lucid but in shock and is able to feed herself now.

The spouse said he had accompanied his wife and the man who knocked her out in the ambulance to hospital. 

He said Bugallo sported a cut on his head and explained that he had left work because he felt ill. 

Bugallo was questioned by police but later released after it was determined an accident. 

Customers wave at the driver, Flores, before she slams on the brakes, mere feet away from where the woman was lying on the track

Customers wave at the driver, Flores, before she slams on the brakes, mere feet away from where the woman was lying on the track

Two male passengers jumped into the tracks to aid the woman after she fell

Two male passengers jumped into the tracks to aid the woman after she fell

First responders tend to the woman who was accidentally pushed onto the train track

First responders tend to the woman who was accidentally pushed onto the train track

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