Woman Falls Down Subway Stairs To Her Death At 7th Avenue Station
The New York Subway is probably one of the most iconic in the nation. The first underground line of the subway opened on October 27, 1904. Still running today, it’s no surprise that the subway services millions of New Yorkers and tourists in a single day. Just how many? Approximately 5.8 million ride the subway every day, which is more people than the entire population of Denmark. Laid end-to-end, the tracks compromising New York’s subway system would stretch from New York to Chicago. While the system does accommodate several million people every day, one population says that the subway needs to be more safely accessible: those that have strollers and those in wheelchairs.
The New York Times reports on a fatal New York Subway accident in which a woman struggling with a stroller fell down the stairs to her death.
22-year-old Malaysia Goodson entered a Manhattan subway station on the evening of Monday, January 28th, pushing a stroller. 1-year-old Rhylee was nestled inside the stroller as Goodson made her precarious way down the steps to the subway.
As she made her way down the stairs at the Seventh Avenue station, she fell to the platform below. Paramedics called to the scene discovered Goodson unconscious and unresponsive. She was later declared dead at the hospital. Her daughter survived the fall.
Officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding Goodson’s fall, but the incident has shed a light onto a problem with the transit system. Only about one-quarter of the 472 subway stations have elevators. The ones that do exist are often out of order. A survey of elevator breakdowns discovered that on average, each elevator breaks down 53 times each year.
A lawsuit filed against the MTA in 2017 accuses the agency of having the least accessible subway system in the country and violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.