Man Dies in Freak Accident in NYC Subway

He was reportedly running for the train, didn't make it
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2022 2:53 PM CDT
Man Dies in Freak Accident in NYC Subway
The death occurred at the Columbus Circle station.   (Getty Images / robertcicchetti)

The latest tragedy to occur in the New York City subway wasn't a crime but rather a horrible accident. The New York Daily News reports it involves a 20-year-old man who was on the Upper West Side trying to board a southbound train at the 59th Street Columbus Circle station around 5pm Monday. He didn't manage to get on, but some of his clothing became stuck in the train's door and he was dragged onto the tracks and killed. NBC New York reports he was hit by an oncoming train. NYC Transit President Richard Davey confirmed in a statement that "while the investigation is in its earliest stages, it appears this was a terrible accident that did not involve criminal activity."

Criminal activity in the subway has been garnering headlines lately, though: CNN reported on two such incidents over the weekend. On Friday in Brooklyn, 32-year-old David Martin was shoved onto the tracks at the Wyckoff Avenue and Myrtle Avenue station around 2:40pm in an unprovoked attack, per the NYPD. NBC News reports the man suffered a broken collarbone and an arrest was made. On Sunday a 62-year-old man at a station in the Bronx received a punch to the back of the head and fell onto the tracks. He suffered minor injuries; an arrest was also made in that case. Per NYPD stats, subway crimes are up 41% year-over-year, with 1,813 incidents logged as of Oct. 17. (But another rider who got clothing caught in the doors died in June.)

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