The lede of Chicago Tribune reporter Robert Manko’s story says it all:
“A man moments from certain death struggles to escape from the tracks as an approaching train bears down. Commuters standing nearby along the platform are instantly faced with the gravest of questions: Do you risk your own life to save the man? Are you too stunned to react at all? Do you take pictures?”
New York Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi, decided to take pictures as Ki Suk Han, 58, a resident of Queens, unsuccessfully tried to climb back onto the platform after a deranged man who frequents the subway shoved him onto the tracks. The two had been arguing minutes before the incident.
According to witnesses, the train dragged Han several feet and crushed him to death. Abbasi said he was not strong enough to help the man.
“Crushed like a rag doll,” said Abbasi.
The New York Post liked Abbasi’s photo so much editors decided it was worth of front-page placement.