People 'Crying on Platform' After NYC Subway Accident

13-year-old girl killed while trying to retrieve her phone
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2017 3:02 AM CDT
Teen Killed Trying to Retrieve Phone From Subway Tracks
A subway train pulls into a station in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

They've said it before and, sadly, they have to say it again: No phone is worth risking your life for. New York City transit authorities urged riders to stay safe Sunday after a 13-year-old girl was killed while trying to retrieve a dropped phone from the track bed at the 63rd Drive-Rego Park subway station in Queens, the New York Daily News reports. Police say Dina Kadribasic, who lived two blocks away, was trying to climb back onto the platform when she was hit by a train. The driver was unable to stop in time, police say. She died after being rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center.

Subway rider Stephan Topete tells ABC 7 that he heard screams after the train he was on stopped with a jolt. "People were trying to push the train, and everybody on the train moved to the side so we could push the weight of the train to the side," he says. "We thought the person was actually trapped in between the train." Topete says that after riders asked to be let out to lighten the train, they found a distressed crowd on the platform. "A lot of them were crying on the platform—I think two of them were even throwing up," he says. (More New York City subway stories.)

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