Post Photog Witnesses Man Pushed to His Death in Times Square Subway; Offers Little Help, Just Photos
If it bleeds, it leads.
The front page of the New York Post this morning shows a man who was pushed in the path of a train at a Times Square subway station yesterday. The man died.
The Post just happened to have a photographer at the same subway stop at the exact moment when the man -- identified as 58-year-old Ki Suk Han, a Queens father and husband -- was pushed to his death.
The photog, Umar Abbasi, opted to help Suk Han escape a certain death in a rather unconventional way: by snapping photos as the train was barreling down on him.
Attempts to reach Abbasi for an explanation were unsuccessful, and the Post didn't immediately respond to our request for comment (we'll let you know if we hear back). But the paper offers the following (ahem) explanation of Abbasi's decision to snap photos rather than drop his camera and help lift Han from the tracks in its article published this morning:
Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi -- who had been waiting on the platform of the 49th Street station -- ran toward the train, repeatedly firing off his flash to warn the operator.
"I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash," said Abbasi, whose camera captured chilling shots of Suk's tragic fight for his life.
The train slowed, but a dazed and bruised Han still wound up hopelessly caught between it and the platform as it came to a halt.
A shaken Abbasi said the train "crushed him like a rag doll."
As you can see in the Post cover above, that's a pretty clear photo for one snapped by someone who supposedly was running frantically to capture the attention of the conductor.
Regardless, the man who pushed Suk Han got away and has not been taken into custody as of this writing.
He's seen in the photo below.
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