Samaritans Save Man After Wheelchair Falls on Tracks

Cameras caught the moment Army Spc. Michael Menchaca, others saved a life in the DC Metro.
1:11 | 07/11/13

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A terrifying incident caught on camera in the washington, d.C. Subway. It has a happy ending thanks to one man who didn't think twice about jumping into action. Abc's john muller shows us. This surveillance video shows the heart-stopping moment this man lost control of his electric wheelchair. Tumbling face-first on subway tracks in washington, d.C. The man was trying to read the sign across the tracks when the chair rolls forward, landing inches from the dangerous high-voltage third rail. I someone go over on the tracks. Reporter: Army specialist michael menchaca was coming down the escalator independence day. The guy is laying there, strapped to the wheelchair. You see him jump on the tracks. 20 seconds felt like 30 seconds. I jumped down there. Started helping him out. Tried to pick him up. And I realized, he had the seat belt strapped to his wheelchair. Reporter: Finally, menchaca is able to pull the man to safety before an oncoming train arri arrives. Menchaca is being considered for the army's highest peacetime award. I was doing the right thing, what anybody else would have done. Reporter: For "good morning america," john muller, abc news, new york.

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