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Be Safe When Taking The New York Subway

The New York Post reports a witness describing the horrific death of a woman on New York Subway tracks. At about 12:20 a.m., two young women were coming from a holiday party where they had been drinking. They got off the southbound A train at the Broadway Station. 

33-year-old Kwame Martin reported that the two women were wearing high heels and were visibly intoxicated. He reported that the two women were walking arm in arm when one of them drunkenly fell onto the tracks, pulling the other woman down with her. They fell between the third and fourth cars. 

Just after they fell onto the tracks, the A train started leaving the station. Martin reported hearing the two women screaming and bones crunching as the train ran them over. The emergency brakes were activated just a minute after the train departed. NYPD and NYFD had to take the train apart to get to the victims. 

One of the women, who was 23, was not immediately identified so next of kin could be notified. The other woman, 24-year-old Jessica Fuentes suffered from an injury to her arm. 

Each year, there are several incidents that involve people who are killed because they fell or trespassed onto New York Subway tracks. Despite this startling number, the Metro Transit Authority (MTA) has no real guidelines or instructions for just what someone should do if they fall onto the tracks. Obviously, getting back onto the platform is the optimal choice. Often, bystanders will help, and there are several videos of such dramatic rescues. If there is enough space, a person can take shelter beneath the platform edge. Many stations, particularly in Manhattan, have enough space to accommodate a person. There is also a ladder at each end of the platform where a person can climb back up. 

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