Published on Nov 20, 2020
In two terrifying seconds, a Manhattan subway rider’s worst nightmare became a mass transit miracle.
A deranged homeless man with a running start shoved an unsuspecting woman in front of an oncoming subway train Thursday in the Union Square station, with the helpless victim improbably landing in the roadbed between the tracks and emerging intact after two of the 70,000-pound cars passed over her.
Video of the attack shows an unhinged Aditya Vemulapati, 24, pacing up and down the platform, sizing up the victim and then violently pushing the woman from behind with both hands in the instant before a northbound No. 5 train arrived.
The woman goes flying beneath the train, landing in the small space between its rolling wheels, even as an eyewitness covers his eyes and recoils in horror.
“It was by the grace of God that she sustained only minor injuries,” NYPD Transit Chief Kathleen O’Reilly told reporters at the station.