OAKLAND, Calif. - A BART supervisor is being hailed a hero after he noticed a rider fall from a platform and grabbed him just as an oncoming train was approaching the station.
John O’Connor was among the many BART staff working the Oakland Coliseum station Sunday night after the Raiders vs. Detroit Lions game let out, according to BART and witness Tony Badilla, who captured the exchange on video.
A man, who is not being identified, fell from the platform and O’Connor, who was about 60 feet away, reached out to grab him, rolling him back up onto the station platform, according to BART and Badilla.
BART released its own dramatic video on Monday morning, showing the man teetering and stumbling as he walked on the yellow line close to the tracks. At one point, he slipped and fell onto the tracks. He lay there for a second, as the oncoming train showed no signs of slowing down.
O'Connor, wearing a yellow jacket, is seen on the video quickly reaching down and pulling the man back up on the platform to safety. Crowds, many dressed in Raiders gear, watch in awe.
Badilla’s video shows the two hugging afterward and a crowd cheering in the background.
BART supervisor John O'Connor saves a man from an oncoming train. Nov. 3, 2019
BART officials said the man was taken for a medical evaluation afterward. It's unclear why he stumbled.
O’Connor is a former train operator who was promoted to transportation supervisor and has worked for BART for 20 years, the agency said.
Badilla tweeted that he watched O’Connor working as he waited for his own train. He said O’Connor was actively keeping the postgame crowd clear from danger while helping other riders to their trains.
“He saved a life tonight,” the agency tweeted.