BREAKING | Pair dead after L train strikes them in Manhattan

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Police carry one of the two people struck and killed by an L train in Manhattan on Dec. 20, 2022.
Photo by Dean Moses

Two people have died after being struck by an L train in Manhattan on Tuesday, it was reported.

Based on a preliminary investigation, sources believe the tragedy was the result of a woman falling onto the tracks, and a man making an ill-fated attempt to rescue her.

Police say that a 44-year-old woman and 63-year-old man were found lying in the westbound trackbed at the 6th Avenue L train station just before 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 20. Both were declared dead at the scene.

According to sources, it’s believed that the woman fell onto the tracks, prompting the man to try and rescue her — but in the process, he became pinned between the train and the platform.

Pair struck by L train in Manhattan
An MTA worker removes tape from the 6th Avenue station on the L train on Dec. 20, 2022 after two people were struck and killed there.Photo by Dean Moses
Police carry one of the two people struck and killed by an L train in Manhattan on Dec. 20, 2022.Photo by Dean Moses

Police questioned the train conductors, who indicated they initially had no idea anyone had been struck, the sources said. Detectives are now looking to talk to eyewitnesses who saw the tragedy, though no criminality is suspected at this time.

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

The incident resulted in an hours-long suspension of L train service in Manhattan as authorities conducted the investigation.

Just hours prior, over in the next westbound L station at 8th Avenue and 14th Street, a man broke into the MTA’s end-of-line dispatch room and attacked an employee with a tool before stealing his backpack and hiding underneath a stationary train; the man was arrested and the employee was removed to the hospital.

This is a developing story; check with amNY.com later for further updates.

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