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Man Struck, Killed By Subway Train After Jumping Down For Cell Phone

Witness: 'I Have To Think The Guy Actually Committed Suicide'
A subway train at 42nd Street - Times Square - Jan. 28, 2013 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

FILE – A subway train (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man was killed by a subway train in the Bronx early Saturday, after he jumped down onto the tracks to grab a cell phone he had dropped.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, the 22-year-old man jumped onto the tracks and was killed by the No. 2 train at White Plains Road and East 241st Street, in the Wakefield section of the Bronx.

Romel said what the man did was crazy.

“I have to think that the guy actually committed suicide, you know, for him to get on the tracks like that,” he said.

And Debbie, who works at a nearby coffee shop, said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority puts out a message cautioning people not to climb down onto the tracks. But people do not pay attention.

“There’s signs everywhere stating to tell a train crew or a police officer to get your cell phone, or anything that falls on the tracks, so they should definitely think before they go and risk their life for a cell phone,” she said.

The man’s identity had not been released as of mid-Saturday morning.

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