Of all the reasons to heroically jump on to the subway tracks and save a straphanger from being crushed by an oncoming train, an East Harlem man may have found the most practical.
"I was thinking, if he gets hit I can't go to work. It's Sunday. I can't miss out. It's a time-and-a-half day," said Carlos Flores, 36, to the Daily News.
At about 8 a.m. Sunday morning, Flores was on his way to work, waiting for the downtown no. 6 train at the E 103rd st. station, when an elderly man yelled for help, and pointed to a dazed man spread out across the tracks. Even though bystanders were yelling at the man to get up, he failed to move, prompting Flores to hop onto the tracks to try to lift him up.
However, lifting the man and getting himself off of the tracks before the train came proved harder that he thought....