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Man rescues teen from NYC subway tracks

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NEW YORK (NBC) - A man pulled a teenage girl from the tracks at a New York City subway station Wednesday night less than a minute before a train came barreling down the track.

Joshua Garcia, 34, recalls the moment when he both saw and heard 16 year-old Stephanie Xue fall and hit her head on the subway tracks at the Union Square station.

"The sound of how she hit the track was so loud it sounded like a gunshot," Garcia said. "I mean the skull you could see the skeleton part of her head." He said the gunshot-like sound made people think actual gunfire was about to erupt.

Garcia saw Xue teetering dangerously close to the edge. When she fell, he went after her, but had to fight his way past people on the platform, namely his co-worker trying to restrain him.

"So she didn't know ... what her back was faced toward the girl, so she didn't know what happened," Garcia said.

Garcia, who is a father of three, says instinct and adrenaline kicked in as the train came close to pulling into the station. He jumped down and hoisted the 5 foot 4 inch teen over his head and put her back on the platform with 40 seconds to spare.

A nursing student came over to help Garcia, who cradled the teen until an ambulance arrived, but nobody else helped out.

"Real eyeopener, like wow, how can people be so cruel in this world. This is a young girl."

He hopes to have areunionn with the teen who he's been told is doing fine.

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