New York City subway passenger dies after being trapped between platform and train

A New York City subway rider died early Thursday after becoming trapped between a Q train he was exiting and the platform and falling onto the tracks, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

The episode took place late Wednesday night at the Avenue M station in Midwood, Brooklyn. The man, identified as Marcus Bryant, 37, was taken to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

Police officials had said Thursday morning that witness testimony suggested that Mr. Bryant’s clothes got stuck in the door of a train car. But New York City Transit president Richard Davey later contradicted those accounts.

“We don’t believe it was a door incident,” Mr Davey said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

Mr Davey said Mr Bryant ‘got caught between the train and the platform and then fell into the pit, onto the tracks and a second train came in’. It was unclear whether the second train hit Mr. Bryant.

The station’s cameras were working at the time, the MTA said, but the agency declined to release footage, citing the ongoing investigation.

At least two people were killed in 2019 after being dragged by New York City subway cars.

In February, a man returning home to Queens died at the Grand Central subway station when he was pulled into a tunnel by a moving train. The man, Vicente Alatorre, 39, was unconscious when police arrived and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

And a few months later, in April, 21-year-old Helen McDonald-Phalon died after becoming trapped between a train and the No. ⅘/6 train platform at Union Square Station, according to dispatches from the time.

While Mr Bryant’s death appeared to be accidental, New York’s subway system has been hampered by safety concerns since ridership plummeted during the pandemic.

A Goldman Sachs employee, Daniel Enriquez, was shot and killed on the same Q line in late May. The murder came just days after authorities announced a milestone: 3.6 million subway rides in a single day, a pandemic-era record.

In April, a gunman fired 33 shots at an N train passing through Sunset Park during the morning run, injuring 10 passengers; more than a dozen others were injured in the chaos. And in January, Michelle Go, a Deloitte employee, was killed after being pushed onto the tracks at Times Square station.

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