Two People Struck By Subway Trains In Separate Accidents On Same Day
Data that is maintained by the Federal Rail Administration reveals that train deaths have risen steadily over the past decade. They peaked in 2017. 888 people were killed in train-related incidents that year. 575 of them were trespassing on the tracks. All train tracks are considered to be private property but remain easily accessible. Anyone who is walking along the wooden cross ties is considered to be trespassing. In New York alone, there were 900 incidents in 2017 where someone was on the tracks or was hit by a train. Only 43 of the incidents were determined to have been suicides, though it is hard to know what motivated the others.
The NY Post reports that two people were struck by trains in separate accidents in Queens and Brooklyn on Saturday night. The two people were struck by subway trains within 30 minutes of one another on Saturday night.
In the first incident, a woman who has not been identified was struck by the E train at around 11 p.m. She had been walking along the tracks at the Jamaica-Van Wyck station at Kew Gardens. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
About thirty minutes later, four men were hanging out next to the tracks of the Q line near Avenue U. One of the men was hit by a train. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
It is currently unknown why the victims were on the tracks.