New York subway: two men hit by trains, including one killed, a few hours apart
One man died and another was injured after being hit by subway trains in different New York neighborhoods within hours of each other on Saturday night, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said.
In the first incident, a 35-year-old man was walking between cars on the southbound J train in Lower Manhattan around 9 p.m. when he fell onto the tracks below and was struck by the moving train, according to the NYPD. .
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said preliminary information indicated the subway passenger was “smoking between the cars as he slid down the tracks.”
Neither smoking nor riding between cars is permitted on the New York City subway system, the MTA spokesperson added. Police said the man was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he is believed to be in stable condition.
About an hour and a half later, at 10:30 p.m., a man believed to be in his 30s was walking on the southbound tracks in Midtown Manhattan when he was hit by the 3 train near 50th Street, according to the NYPD. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The subway lane incidents coincide with a weekend of violence in the New York City subway where the NYPD reported five stabbings from Friday to Sunday.
This followed New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ announcement on Friday of a citywide subway safety plan aimed at reducing crime and homelessness.
“It’s the subway, and our buses make New York what it is. If they’re not safe, if people don’t feel safe, and if the crime count doesn’t reflect who and what we want to be as a city, it’s going to affect us,” Adams said. “Public safety and justice is the prerequisite for prosperity.”
The joint initiative, which goes into effect Monday, involves the deployment of up to 30 interagency collaborative teams, bringing together the Department of Homeless Services, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYPD and providers communities in “great needs”. Locations.