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Man hit by train at UWS subway station raises questions


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A third person struck by a train at the 72nd Street and Broadway subway station in as many weeks has some straphangers asking if the stop is prone to fatal mishaps.

The unidentified man was hit by a southbound No. 2 train just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday and was rushed to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, officials said. While the man, whose age was unknown, was still breathing at the station, a hospital spokesman said he later died.

It was not immediately known how he got struck.

The station was also the scene of two train strikes on Feb. 29. In the first incident, a man apparently became ill and fell on the track, and in the second strike, a man who was reportedly intoxicated slipped. The first straphanger died of his injuries, but the second survived, officials said.

The MTA had no comment on why there's been three incidents in such a short time span at the same station. Statistics on people hit by trains were unavailable from the NYPD on Sunday.

Several straphangers on Sunday speculated that the narrowness and design of the platforms at 72nd and Broadway could play a part. Commuters have to wait on two island platforms with trains rolling through on all sides.

"It's one of the skinniest platforms you'll find, so I always stand in the middle," said Flatbush resident Cindy Keiter. "There's no margin for error."

She added that rush hour can be especially hectic, and "I'd rather miss a train than risk [accidentally] being pushed."

Tom Pallister, 52, of the Flatiron District, was vigilant yesterday that his two children, Jordan and Mason, stayed away from the edge.

"They know that if they drop anything onto the tracks, don't get it," he said.

Bronx resident Gilbert Arroyo believes the MTA should investigate the effect of crowded subway platforms and possibly install barriers at problem stations.

"They should have [it] where doors open where the train stops ... and the rest [is] a fence," said Arroyo, 54.

But Marcia Valle, 52, said she doesn't think there's much the city can do, and it's up to commuters to take personal responsibility for their safety.

"I get nervous just looking at people standing on the edge," Valle said.

(With Rachel Hawatmeh)


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