Update: This post was updated with the MTA’s statement on May 4, 2020.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been struggling with a problem with the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, police said two homeless men were found dead on subway trains this weekend.

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Police said the first man was discovered Friday night on a C train at the 168th Street station in Washington Heights, and the second man was found Saturday morning on a 4 train at the Utica Avenue station in Brooklyn.

Their causes of death are still undetermined.

“These tragedies are heartbreaking and we are fully cooperating with the NYPD on their investigation. We have repeatedly said the subways are no replacement for shelter and if these two individuals were indeed homeless, as suspected, it’s clear more needs to be done by the city to ensure all New Yorkers have access to needed shelter and services,” Ken Lovett, of the MTA, said in a statement.

Comments (5)
  1. Jeff Mason says:

    They will chalk these up as more COVID-19 deaths, even if they were stabbed. “Well, if it wasn’t for COVID-19, they wouldn’t have been on the subway to get stabbed.”

  2. James Jameson says:

    Maybe it wasn’t so smart to push Andy Byford out over upstaging Gov. Cuomo in the public arena. Cuomo just focus on dating during a pandemic – that will help.

    The people will remember this incalculable lapse of competence in the next election.

  3. Bob S says:

    remember when all the gov’ts (state) closed all the mental hospitals back in the early 1980’s ?
    Well, here it is to come back and bite us.
    Not only is it cruel for them, but crime rates go up as well and then you get other innocent people involved.
    sick.

  4. Pas Mal Paul says:

    Homeless people die also like every other human.

  5. David Russell Foley U.S. Bureau of Prisons Inmate No. 13141-111 says:

    Thanks, Bill DeBlasio!

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