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Lesbian Couple Makes Subway Rescue

The Washington Post today tells the story of a disabled woman rescued from the tracks of DC's Metro by a lesbian couple after her wheelchair malfunctioned and lurched off the platform.
"Help!" the disabled woman cried, her motorized wheelchair overturned a few feet away as she lay sprawled on the Metro tracks at Union Station just before midnight one day last week. Michelle Kleisath, a 29-year-old anthropology doctoral student from Seattle, was among a crowd gathered on the platform, watching aghast. She pulled her phone from her pocket to call 911 but realized there was not enough time. "She's going to die," Kleisath, who was in the District attending a conference on race relations, recalled thinking. "Someone has to get her off." But thanks mainly to Kleisath and her partner, Chilan T. Ta, 26, a transportation engineering student from Seattle, disaster was averted. The couple, with help from other bystanders, rescued the woman.
(Tipped by JMG reader Jimbo in DC)

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