Woman Struck By 5 Train After Fainting Onto Subway Tracks At 77th Street Station

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A woman died Wednesday after fainting and falling onto the subway tracks at 77th Street Station.

CBS 2’s John Metaxas reported that a woman in her 20s apparently fainted and fell onto the tracks around 3 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Late Wednesday the woman was identified as 21-year-old Fatoumata Diallo, of the Bronx.

Earlier, trains were bypassing 77th Street Station in both directions. 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported the accident occurred when the woman was struck by a southbound 5 Train running on the 6 track.

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The impact of the collision was so severe, it was felt by the passengers.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones With More On The Subway Tragedy

“I heard the impact…and right away we’re like ‘what happened? Somebody got hit,'” Subway rider Nicole Katzender said. “Every once in a while I go a little too close to the edge, but most of the time I stay back.”

There is no word yet on what caused the woman to faint or whether Wednesday’s hot and humid weather played any role.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Irina

    It’s outrageous how our subway system hasn’t really been updated in a 100 years. The countries much poorer than us manage to maintain some normal temperatures in their subway waiting areas, it’s ONLY the New York MTA that still has this horrendous heat. Nobody cares, nobody’s done anything to fix this. The poor folks riding the subway will keep collapsing and dying every summer waiting for their trains. Thank God I have cab money these days. I used to come really close to passing out from the heat under there all the time while waiting for those trains that never came. How sad. My deepest condolences to the family.

  • Pete

    A 20 minute wait for a train on the one of the busiest subway lines on a hot sweltering day. That platform on 77th street must have been pretty crowded.
    The MTA really dropped the ball on this one. My condolences to the family.

  • patricia

    Beside putting a fan or air conditioned in the station there are any ways that a train maybe can reduce the speed when approach to a station in particular to those stations that are more crowded?

  • Joseph Didonato

    This is crazy overheated and overcrowded subways!!!!But the transit systems is always asking for more money

  • TJ Max

    You are so right about Hunter college students crowding this train to
    the 68th street station,if they had more #6 trains running it would not
    be so friggin crowded . we need a train every three minutes instead of
    6-9 minutes. more trains to move people faster,equals less crowds.

    • Steaming City

      On a hot day, TAKE THE BUS, it is fully AIR CONDITIONED. Are people forgetting that there are BUSES?!

  • Hoyt Pembrooke

    OK this may sound odd but in this sort of heat at 102F realfeel temperature
    where was our NYC health department stating that this is a dangerous situation
    for Subway riders?
    Where is someone in control who could have ordered many
    of these stifling subway stations to have big fans put in or else have some
    crowd control?
    This station and other’s at this time is just one big school bus.
    would we allow such conditions in other areas of public transportation?

    I blame partly our invisible health department ,they were asleep yesterday.

  • chris

    i was on this train. i got on at 59th. we all waited for at least 20 minutes in the sweltering subway before the train arrived. everyone on the platform was soaked with sweat and pacing. it makes sense that she would have fainted, the heat was stifling and unbearable.
    this is a horrible tragedy that sadly could have been avoided if we had air-conditioned subway stations.
    the MTA is firing conductors and station agents left and right, the price of a metrocard is increasing exponentially, and what are we getting for our $$$? as far as i can tell we’re getting dirtier subway cars, fewer trains, and stations that feel like something from 1904 and not 2011. it’s PATHETIC and people are dying.

  • JC

    Yes, I was on the train too. We were heading north. The 6 wasn’t working and it took over 20 minutes for a 5 to come. I got on at 51st and was on the car that ended up above this poor woman. The faces of the people on the platform through the windows was terrible. One person in our car said “oh that poor baby” looking at the horrified shock on a 5 year old’s face outside the train. Someone else said immediately Oh my GOD it was a BABY. And the baby rumor started. Kids up on the streets were spreading the news frantically that a woman had dropped a baby on the tracks. The whole thing was sad, terrible, and surreal including just witnessing the rumor frenzy. Sending love and blessings to her family and friends.

  • a

    I knew her, can’t believe it!

    • Carl

      my prayers go out to you, and her family… i can not imagine what they are going through right now… =(

  • kt

    This is so unbelievably sad…;( poor girl

  • jacob

    I might be wrong, but every time someone tragically gets hit by a train, it happens to be a 6 train. I happen to go to Hunter and I agree that students happen to crowd this train but what is there to do about it when the 6 is the only local train servicing the college? Plans must be made to make platforms safer, add more air conditioning, and whatever safety features are needed to protect riders. Increasing fares and decreasing service should lead to these improvements, and allow us straphangers to have safe and sound mind when traveling on the subway. Condolences to her loved ones.

  • Alexandra

    This is not right… I was there when the train hit the woman on the downtown side of the track. She was hit on the northbound side. Just wanted to correct the story of such a horrible and unfortunate death…

  • B. Agostino

    If you even try on any weekend afternoon to board this uptown train
    at 59th street be prepared to not get on at all because of the crowds till
    3-4 trains go by and then perhaps there is room to board.
    Who in the hell is watching this show?
    One of the issues is Hunter College has a lot of students that take this
    train and we do not have enough room for them,usually after 68th street
    one can breath again or even lol get a seat.

  • M. Robie McMann

    I have to go to Lenox Hill hospital at that station with my wife who has
    Parkinson’s disease and uses a walker
    ,I have yet to see when the many schools get out any room for us to board as that station is so crowded with people we now know to avoid that station altogether
    from 2pm onwards ,we board now at 86th street.
    We always said this 77th St station crowding with the school kids
    is a disaster waiting to happen and today,it happened, we need more trains frequently to ride passengers. Ain’t this Bloomys stop you would think we
    would get better.

  • jose

    my friend was in the station when she died , besides it being very hot the platform was ovrcrowded , she fell and the train split her in half , with the torso on 1 side and the rest on the other

    • nyc

      Oh my God !

  • sendal

    So shaken up by this horrific death… I was on the 5 train and felt the impact with emergency brake and suddently a strange bump…. saw all the other passengers on the platform was shaken up by it… came out the cab where the conductor occupies and saw her wine color pocket book and the conductor yelling for poeple to clear out the way… that is so sad! my prayers goes out to the love ones concern

  • eugenia

    i was on the train and was told by many people that it was a child that had fallen on the tracks. can anyone else confirm?

  • richard Allen

    Maybe a few more deaths and the MTA will at least put some large fans on the platform

    It amazes me that You people have put up with this for what 50 YEARS since they made air conditioning a cool thing to get.

    Also you people demanded the AC work in the subway cars…so guess where all the hot air goes…….ont he platforms…..DUH DUH DUH

  • Erik

    I was on the train. I’m so glad I didn’t go to see what happened. So sad :(

  • nathan

    The platform at that station is SO narrow and SO crowded Im amazed this doesnt happen once a wk. Ask ppl who live nearby.

  • katie

    not fear to be so hut in subway stations. we pay to get safe ride.

  • Scott

    Heart-breaking : ‘ (((((((

  • J

    Ah man this is terrible!

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