Brave girl who fell onto the subway tracks rescued herself

A girl on a Brooklyn station platform got her arm caught in a subway-car door as the train pulled out of the station — then fell onto the tracks as her mom watched in horror.

“All I saw was her drop, and then she fell,” shaken mother Shaina Ayala said of her 6-year-old daughter, Empress Peters.

Ayala, 31, of Queens said she and some friends were taking Empress and eight other children to catch the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island Saturday afternoon when the terrifying ordeal occurred.

The mom said that as the group rode in the first car of a southbound D train, its doors opened at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station in Boerum Hill and Empress mistakenly exited.

When the girl realized she was alone on the platform, she tried to jump back into the car, and her arm got caught in the door, the mom and cops said.

Ayala, who has two other children, said Empress was soon being pulled along the platform by the train, banging on the door to get back in.

Fortunately, as the platform ran out and the train headed into a wide tunnel, Empress’ arm came free from the door.

But she then fell into the well between the moving train and tunnel.

The mom’s friends banged on the tain operator’s door to alert him. And as he stopped the train, Ayala rushed to the back of the car, opened its door and climbed down on the tracks.

But by the time she got down there, she said, Empress had already scampered up off the tracks to safety.

“She’s very athletic,” Ayala said Sunday as Empress played near the family’s Woodside home, bearing only a couple of scrapes from her harrowing incident. “She’s always running around.”

A local news report said a good Samaritan helped pulled the child to safety, but both the girl and her mother said that wasn’t the case.

“I got out myself,” the soon-to-be first-grader told The Post. “I fell two times. I climbed from the middle of the trains.”

The mother and child were treated at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for minor injuries.

Ayala said she was happy they both survived but was still a little peeved at the MTA.

“I think someone should have looked out of the window before they took off,” she said.

While Ayala said her daughter had a sleepless night after the incident, the girl said she had a different regret: missing the Mermaid Parade.
“I’m sad I didn’t get to go,” she said.

Additional reporting by Sarah Trefethen

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