Man rescued after falling on tracks at Davis Square MBTA station

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — A group of Tufts freshmen rushed in to save a man in trouble who fell onto the tracks at the Davis Square MBTA station.

Surveillance footage shows the dramatic rescue that played out like a scene out a movie.

Eric Sinton, a 20-year-old math major, was with his friends at the T station around 8 p.m. Friday when they saw the man fall onto the outbound tracks.

“It was a really big red flag when I saw him stumbling awfully close to the edge, it was surreal to see him disappear from view onto the tracks,” he said.

There was little time for Sinton to think, but thankfully his friends were there to help get the man to safety.

“I jumped down I put my arm around him and said ‘let’s go, you’ve got to get up,’” he said. “I’ll probably never forget it.”

It was St. Patrick’s Day night, and Sinton said the man appeared to be drunk. But it wasn’t clear when he and his friend Russell jumped down that the man had also broken ankle his ankle when he fell.

“Russell and I were able to lift this guy up enough to get his arms back up onto the platform,” Sinton said. “At that point my other friends had seen they came to help and grabbed his arms and all together we got this guy back up onto the platform.”

Just a minute or two later a Red Line train pulled in to the station on the tracks where the man had just been laying.

“He thanked me once the paramedics got there, and that’s what happened - I got a fist bump,” Sinton said.

The 47-year-old man who fell in was from Medford. Police tell FOX25 there’s no telling how this would have ended if it weren’t for Sinton and his friends.