NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A young woman stumbling around on the 34th Street 1-2-3 line subway platform fell onto the tracks and was killed by a train, following New Year’s festivities early Tuesday.
The accident happened around 5 a.m. Tuesday on the No. 2 and 3 express platform at the station, at 34th Street and Seventh Avenue. The station is one stop from 42nd Street, the exit many revelers used to gather in Times Square.
Police said the victim was in her 20s. Her name was not immediately released.
Subway deaths are common in the city. Last year, according to a report in the Daily News, there was about a fatality a week.
But track deaths have been getting extra scrutiny in recent weeks after two men were shoved to their deaths in December.
Just last Thursday, Bangladeshi immigrant Sunando Sen was shoved into the path of a 7 train at the elevated 40th Street-Lowery Street stop in Queens. Witnesses said a woman sitting on a platform bench suddenly shot forward, shoving the unsuspecting man onto the tracks and directly into the path of the train.
Erika Menendez, 31, has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in the shoving death. She reportedly told authorities, “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims. Ever since 2001 when they put down the Twin Towers I’ve been beating them up,” according to the criminal complaint.
On Dec. 3, police said 58-year-old Ki Suck Han was pushed to his death by 30-year-old Naeem Davis. The two were seen on cell phone video arguing just moments before Han was dumped on the tracks.
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