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.READ MORE: New York Relaxes Most COVID Restrictions After Reaching 70% Vaccination Rate: 'A Momentous Day'
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.READ MORE: Will The Ford Maverick Be A Game-Changer In The Auto Industry?
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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