In August 2012, while waiting for a D train at the 71st St. station in Brooklyn, New York, Alexa Conto, a 20-year-old fashion student at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising College, felt dizzy and fainted and fell onto the subway tracks. Some train passengers saw her and jumped on the tracks to help her, and a train operator saw her and stopped the train before it hit her. When she felt dizzy, she closed her eyes and rested her head on a support beam. She said, “Once I closed my eyes, I think I fainted. I was on the train tracks, and I remember people getting me up.” She would like to meet the people who helped her. She said, “I’d like to thank them for everything. I wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for them. They’re just genuinely nice people. You don’t see that a lot.” Her mother, Alicia Conto, said, “We don’t know how many, we don’t know who. I wish I did know who because they did such a great thing. This is like a miracle.” Her sister, Crista Conto, said, “There was a whole bunch of people there just concerned about my sister. It’s good to know there are good people out there.” Alexa broke her foot in the fall, but she is happy that nothing worse happened. She said, “I have angels on my side.”
For More Information: SHAYNA JACOBS, “Fashion student Alexa Conto seeks good Samaritan straphangers who saved her life after she fainted on subway tracks.” NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. 28 August 2012 <http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/fashion-student-alexa-conto-seeks-good-samaritan-straphangers-saved-life-fainted-subway-tracks-article-1.1146710#ixzz252A4RkZg>.