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Woman Falls on Subway Tracks, Escapes Oncoming Train

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Associated Press: A 68-year-old woman who fell onto subway tracks in Washington on Tuesday narrowly escaped an oncoming train by squeezing into a small space underneath a platform, authorities said.

As a train was fast approaching, the woman was trying to get a lift onto the platform, but there wasn't enough time. So Houston police officer Eliot Swainson, who was in town to help out with the record crowds during the inauguration, told the woman to squeeze into the space under the Metrorail platform.

"The train was coming through, it was loud, windy and cold," said Swainson, a 15-year veteran of the Houston Transit Authority Police. "I was just trying to get the situation resolved as quick as possible."

After the train whizzed by the Gallery Place Metro Station, Swainson safely pulled the woman up onto the platform.

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