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Caught on Camera: TSA worker saves woman from oncoming train

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Eddie Palacios shows the orange sweatshirt he was wearing when he jumped on the tracks. Eddie Palacios shows the orange sweatshirt he was wearing when he jumped on the tracks.
Source: DNAinfo Chicago Source: DNAinfo Chicago
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A dramatic rescue was caught on camera Wednesday after a TSA worker jumped onto CTA tracks to stop a train from running over a woman.

The worker, 50-year-old Eddie Palacios, was hoping the driver would see his bright orange University of Illinois sweatshirt and stop.

Palacios was waiting for the Blue Line train Wednesday when he heard people yelling that a woman had fallen. He was on his way to work as a checked-baggage supervisor for the Transportation Security Administration at O'Hare International Airport.

"My train was coming and all of a sudden, I heard someone yell 'she fell, she fell!'" Palacios told FOX 32 in an interview. "I looked at my jacket. I had an orange hoodie and I thought to myself, if I jump on the track I have enough time to hopefully stop the train from continuing. I decided to jump on the train tracks, waving my arm, because I didn't want to stay stationary."

Miraculously, the train stopped short of the platform and the woman was pulled to safety by other travelers. Her head was bloodied and the only thing she said was: "I don't need anything."

Palacios, who has worked for TSA for 12 years, says his training kicked in.

"Working for TSA, they kinda teach you responses and do critical thinking and stuff," he says. "Nothing like this, but still keeping a level head and trying to think it out before you do anything."

Jon Hansen, the news director for DNAinfo Radio was waiting for a train at the Blue Line's Chicago Avenue stop around 11 a.m. when he witnessed the man's brave actions and captured it all on video.

The TSA calls Palacios a "humble hero."

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