MAN HIT AND KILLED BY TRAIN AT 72ND STREET IN APPARENT SUICIDE

A person was hit by a train at 72nd Street and Broadway during afternoon rush hour on Thursday, forcing changes to the train schedule.

Police were called at 5:21 p.m., according to an NYPD spokesman. “It appears that he might have jumped in front of the northbound 3 train,” he said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. An MTA spokesman wrote that the person was a “jumper,” indicating that he was attempting suicide.

Check mta.info for up-to-date information, but here was the status as of 5:39 p.m.:

If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Photo by Hillary Ellner.

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    1. robert says:

      NYC| Manhattan, NY| Technical Rescue| W 72nd St & Broadway| U/D: CMD rptg aided is DOA| NYC112| 18:01

      Unfortunately it was a suicide.

    2. Anonymous says:

      I was on the second car from the front. After the announcement, you could hear everyone gasp, and pull out their phones. Impressive response time from FDNY. Less than 5 minutes.

    3. FruitloopDingus says:

      What an awful way to die. My sympathies for this man and his loved ones. May he Rest In Peace. 🌹

    4. CB says:

      I am sorry for this man and his family, and sorry as well for the driver – these incidents are extremely traumatizing.

    5. Drew Kopf says:

      How much treaure was invested in the new subway stations on the Upper East Side with beautiful art on the walls? Could there not have been some monies dedicated for walls along the platform edges that would have sliding doors that correspond to the subway car doors and open with them? Death by subway train would almost be impossible if we eventually had such wall structures throughout our subway system.

      I suggested it earlier this year and last year with some attention paid. But, not enough. The State and the City are duking it out about updating the infrastructure in the subway in NYC. How about getting them both to join forces to stop such needless deaths by subway trains. Let’s just get this done.

      Here’s a copy of the last request to do the same. This is New York City. We can surely get it done.

      Drew Kopf says:
      April 30, 2017 at 11:36 pm
      How can we prevent this type of incident in our subways? Here is what I suggested last year in the WSR:
      Drew Kopf says:
      September 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm
      We could build walls along our subway and railroad station platforms with sliding doors located where the doors to the passenger cars are located. It would go a long way to keeping users safer and stop such terrible sadnesses from happening. em

      Drew Kopf says:
      April 30, 2017 at 11:36 pm
      How can we prevent this type of incident in our subways? Here is what I suggested last year in the WSR:
      Drew Kopf says:
      September 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm
      We could build walls along our subway and railroad station platforms with sliding doors located where the doors to the passenger cars are located. It would go a long way to keeping users safer and stop such terrible sadnesses from happening.

      • Cat says:

        It doesn’t matter how many times you post this, it’s NOT going to stop suicides. Accidents, possibly, but that isn’t the issue here.

      • Howard Freeman says:

        Agreed. Hong Kong has sliding doors on the platform, and aside from safety issues — accidental pushes, intentional ones, and suicides — these doors improve cleanliness, cooling, and sound.

    6. Edith says:

      I was on the platform waiting for the 1 local after switching from express. 6 minute wait for 1 on monitor! Ugh! Found a spot on the only bench there to wait. Heard in the distance, toward the end of platform where subway enters station, some beatiful music! Not a busker, but maybe someone playing on fone/Bluetooth. It was a song, both haunting and kind of beautiful. Then as I was waiting, an express 3 train began to pull into station. I couldn’t hear the music anymore. The train screeched to a halt halfway down the platform. Confusion. The conductor’s voice calling for assistance. The first responsers. I wonder now if that person playing this haunting song on their fone, right at the spot where it ocurred, was the one? I wish I had followed me my curiosity while waiting on bench, & found out who was playing that music.

    7. Emily says:

      Time to put up glass walls at the stations like in Paris, Hong Kong !

    8. AB says:

      It wasn’t a man. It was a thin, black-haired girl in her early 20’s. I was about 8 feet away from her on the platform when she jumped. Very disturbing to watch.

    9. Unknown person says:

      The person was not a man but it was my sister….

      • Jko says:

        I am so very sorry for you, your entire family and your sister. May you all eventually find peace. The city is so sad this happened.

      • lynn says:

        My condolences to you and your family. I wish there was something people could do to help in circumstances like this.

      • KB says:

        Could you please say something about who your sister was? Why she did this? And please take care of yourself at this horrible time. God loves you and your sister too.

    10. NYYgirl says:

      Of course my sympathy to/for his family but also, every time I hear about these incidents, my heart goes out to the poor person driving the subway train!!!

    11. Glenn says:

      It was a woman. Not a man.