| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Two men struck by NYC subway trains, one killed, within hours of each other

According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), one man died and another was injured after being hit by subway trains in separate parts of New York City within hours of each other on Saturday night.

According to the NYPD, the first incident occurred about 9 p.m. when a 35-year-old guy was strolling between train cars on the southbound J train in Lower Manhattan when he fell into the tracks below and was struck by a moving train.

According to a representative for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), early evidence indicates that the subway commuter “was smoking in between train carriages when he slid down to the tracks.”

Neither smoking nor riding between cars are permitted in the NYC subway system, the MTA spokesperson added. Police said the man was transported to Bellevue Hospital where he was said to be in stable condition.
About an hour and a half later, at 10:30 p.m., a man thought to be in his 30s, was walking on the tracks in Midtown Manhattan headed southbound when he was struck by the 3 train near 50th street, according to the NYPD. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The subway track incidents coincide with a weekend of violence on the NYC subway system where the NYPD reported five stabbings Friday through Sunday.

It followed NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ announcement Friday of a citywide subway safety plan aimed at reducing crime and homelessness.

“It is the subway system, and our buses make New York what it is. If they’re not safe, if people don’t feel safe and if the numbers of crime are not reflective of who and what we want to be as a city, it’s going to impact us,” Adams said. “Public safety and justice, they are the prerequisite to prosperity.”

The joint initiative, coming into effect on Monday, involves the deployment of up to 30 interagency collaborative teams, bringing together the Department of Homeless Services, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the NYPD and community-based providers in “high-need” locations.

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