Blind man, guide dog struck by NYC subway


A blind man who was hit by a New York City subway train says his guide dog tried to save him from falling on to the tracks when he lost consciousness.

Cecil (SEE’-sill) Williams told The Associated Press from his hospital bed that he was holding onto his black Labrador, Orlando, when he fainted Tuesday morning. They both tumbled down onto the tracks from the platform at 125th Street.

The 61-year-old Williams says the next thing he remembers is someone telling him to be still.

The motorman had slowed the subway cars so Williams and his dog were not badly injured. Both were taken to a hospital.

Williams says the 10-year-old dog saved his life. Police say the lab is a certified guide dog.

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