The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 22, 2013
 
VIDEO

Policeman rescues woman who fell onto tracks in Spanish metro

 
 

MADRID (AFP) - A Spanish policeman was Tuesday hailed a hero after a dramatic security video captured him rescuing a woman who fell onto the tracks of the Madrid subway system moments before a train arrived.

The 38-year-old officer, who was identified only by his first name, Ruben, leapt to the woman's rescue early Monday afternoon at the Marques Vadillo station in southwestern Madrid.

A security video released by police showed the 52-year-old woman holding a shopping bag and standing behind the yellow line along the tracks, her handbag on the ground in front of her.

Suddenly, she collapsed forwards, still holding the shopping bag, and tumbled down onto the rails.