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Man’s Leg Cut Off By Subway Train As He Sleeps On Tracks

FILE - Passengers wait on a subway platform in NYC. (credit: CBS 2)

FILE – Passengers wait on a subway platform in NYC. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man lost his leg Sunday morning, after it was hit by a train as he drunkenly lay on the tracks in Woodside, Queens.

The 26-year-old man from Elizabeth, N.J. appeared to be drunk when he decided to go to sleep under the platform at the 65th Street E, M and R train station in Woodside, Queens, police told 1010 WINS.

The man’s leg ended up being run over, and severed, by northbound E train around 4:40 a.m., police told said. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and was expected to survive the accident, police said.

The incident comes just five days after another incident in the subway system, in which one man was killed and another was injured at the same 125th Street No. 4, 5 and 6 train station in East Harlem within 10 minutes.

Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, a man, who was believed to be homeless and in his 50s, found himself on the tracks for unknown reasons.

The man was apparently struck and injured by a No. 5 train as he tried to get back onto the platform, though it’s possible he actually injured himself when he fell because police told 1010 WINS the man was so drunk that he did not even remember being on the tracks. Either way, he suffered a broken pelvis and gashes to his buttocks and right leg, and was reported in serious, but stable condition at an area hospital.

Ten minutes later, the other 31-year-old man, who was said to be from the Bronx and had been on a northbound No. 6 train across the platform, decided to step between two cars to defecate. He slipped and fell into the track bed, and was killed by the same train he had been on.

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