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Death on the 6 line: Man electrocuted on third rail, struck by train in Midtown

Man electrocuted, struck by train in Midtown
A man died instantly Sunday morning while walking along a Midtown subway track, police sources confirmed.
Photo by Dean Moses

A man died instantly Sunday morning while walking along a Midtown subway track and apparently touching the third rail, police sources confirmed.

According to the NYPD, a 31-year-old man was walking along the southbound tracks on 51st Street and Lexington Avenue on the 6 line when, at around 8:39 a.m. on Dec. 4, he stepped on the third rail.

Seconds later, cops said, the electrocuted man was struck by a Downtown-bound 6 train.

A man died instantly Sunday morning while walking along a Midtown subway track, police sources confirmed. Photo by Dean Moses

MTA temporarily closed off the station, shut power to the tracks and delayed downtown trains for just over an hour as first responders worked to remove the man from the tracks. FDNY EMS units pronounced the man dead at the scene; his identity was not yet known.

Service resumed just after 10 a.m. on Dec. 4.

Police do not yet know why the man was on the tracks. The incident remains under investigation.

amNewYork Metro reached out to the MTA for comment and is awaiting a response.

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