Autrey saw a fellow passenger suffer an epileptic seizure and fall off the platform. As a train approached, he jumped into the gutter between the rails on top of the fallen man, making sure that their arms were pinned by their sides clear of the oncoming wheels. Both men survived and all three networks produced computer-graphics animation to depict the danger.
ABC's David Muir (no link) went up to 137th Street in Harlem for a show-and-tell with Autrey himself: his network's animation showed the pair's feet facing the train and he estimated the depth of the gutter at a half-foot. CBS' graphics also showed them feet first and Steve Hartman called the clearance "exactly 21 inches." NBC's Rehema Ellis showed the men's heads pointing towards the train and had them surviving in a two-foot clearance.
"What better way to start off a New Year than save a life?" Autrey inquired of ABC's Muir (CBS' Hartman included the same soundbite, but was not personally on the scene).
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