Man Dies After Being Pushed in Front of Train in Queens

Man Dies After Being Pushed in Front of Train in Queens

Another person has been killed after being pushed in front of a coming train. Last night, a man died after being pushed in front of a 7 train at the 40th Street station in Queens. According to witnesses, a woman was pacing on the subway platform, talking to herself before shoving the man at 8:04 p.m. 

The woman is described as Hispanic, heavy-set and about 5'5" with brown or blonde hair. NYPD commissioner Paul Browne issued a statement describing what police had gathered about the situation:

Witnesses said she was walking back and forth on the platform, talking to herself, before taking a seat alone on a wooden bench near the north end of the platform. When the train pulled into the station, the suspect rose from the bench and pushed the man, who was standing with his back to her, onto the tracks into the path of the train. The victim appeared not to notice her, according to witnesses.

He was struck by the first of the 11-car train, with his body pinned under the front of the second car as the train came to a stop. The suspect fled the platform , down two separate stair cases, one down to the token booth area, and the second down to Queens Blvd and an island there between the roadways. Unknown direction of flight from there.

A level one mobilization was called, with all police units in the area are looking for her. There is no further description on the male at this time due to the extent of his injuries, and the fact his body is still underneath the train. In the immediate aftermath, NYPD detectives and Emergency Service personnel were investigating the scene, including the tracks, with the power turned off for their safety. A decision was made to restore power temporarily to allow three other northbound No. 7 trains, stranded behind the crime scene to proceed past the 40th St station using the center track.

There was no footage available from the station, but police were able to obtain surveillance from the street. They have released the video footage, which you see below:

[via Gothamist]

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