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Hero train operator helps save dog scampering on subway tracks


Hero train operator helps save dog scampering on subway tracks

What a L-ucky dog!

An eagle-eyed L-train operator pulled out all the stops to save a pooch on the tracks in Brooklyn Monday by slowing to a snail’s pace and following it for nine stops, until MTA workers could finally grab it, sources told The Post.

“I was beeping the horn and yelling at the track workers, ‘There’s a dog on the track!,’” said the operator, Ernest McClain — who trailed the intrepid pit bull on its ruff 3.2-mile journey.

“I didn’t want to see the dog die.”


McClain, 36, was near the Wilson Avenue station in Bushwick, heading towards Manhattan at 3:39 a.m. when he saw passengers panic and hit the brakes, he said.

He then spotted the tan-colored pooch, which had no collar, near the deadly third rail — but slowly followed the animal as it scampered west on the tracks.

McClain called a dispatcher, who instructed him to continue on with “extreme caution” at no more than 10 mph, so he wouldn’t injure the confused canine, he said.

By the time he reached the Morgan Avenue station he realized the dog had a limp. By the Graham Avenue station, at 4:18 a.m., MTA track maintenance workers managed to nab the dog, he said.

“The track worker jumped down, got the dog’s attention, grabbed the dog by its hind legs, and pulled it on the platform,” McClain said.

“Another worker got some rope and made a leash,” he said, adding the dog was friendly. “I told them thank you… and I went back into full service.”

He added, “I had so many trains backed up behind me that I couldn’t stop to talk.”

Two police officers at the scene took the dog, but police sources said they had no information about the dog’s whereabouts Monday.

“Hopefully the dog gets the service it needs to recover,” McClain said. “At the end of the day, I just don’t want to see anyone — or any animal — die from getting hit by the train.”

Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano added, “That dog had a rough night but it could have been a lot worse.”


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