Video shows girl rescued after father allegedly held her, jumped in front of subway car

Posted at 4:40 AM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 04:40:44-04

NEW YORK — Dramatic video shows witnesses pulling a young girl to safety after her father allegedly jumped in front of a New York City subway train with the child in his arms Monday.

Police said the man jumped in front of an oncoming Manhattan-bound No. 4 train at the Kingsbridge Road station in the Bronx while holding his 5-year-old daughter.

Video taken from the opposing platform shows two men lifting the girl, dressed in a bright blue vest and still wearing her pink backpack, out from under the train.

A crowd of commuters standing on the platform, some covering their mouths, rush to help the little girl.

“The only thing she was saying was ‘Papa, my papa,’” 32-year-old Antonio Love, one of the men who jumped down to the tracks, told the New York Times.

The girl’s father, identified by the paper as 45-year-old Fernando Balbuena-Flores, was pronounced dead at the scene. The girl, who has not been identified, suffered minor injuries.

“I’m a mom and this devastated me like crazy,” one woman told WPIX. “I’m absolutely just so thankful that she’s alright.”

A photo shows the girl alert and seemingly crying while being held by a fire official at the scene.

Officials said they did not know why Balbuena-Flores may have jumped. The train’s operator, a 20-year veteran, was treated for trauma, the Times reports.

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