Two people struck on the rails in two days
An 18-year-old man was struck and killed by an uptown No. 1 train Monday, the latest in a string of deaths on subway tracks this year.Police found the man around 10:40 a.m. at the 116th Street stop near Columbia University, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, the NYPD said. The man’s name was not released yesterday and there was no foul play involved, officials said.
In a separate incident, a young woman was found dead on the tracks of the N line in Bensonhurst around 3:40 p.m. Sunday, police said. She was wearing just a pair of black panties, and her prosthetic leg was discovered a few feet away, according to published reports.
Police believe the woman was walking between the train cars and fell, a spokesman said. The force of the train passing over someone who’s fallen on the tracks can be strong enough to rip off the person’s clothes, he said.
According to transit union statistics, three dozen people already have been hit on the tracks so far this year, a noticeable spike from the past three years, when about 90 people were struck over a 12-month period. As a precaution, union officials warned train operators earlier this month not to enter crowded stations at full speed to try and prevent deaths.