There are reports this morning that there was a person under a train that was dead on arrival at the 49th Street stop on the N train.
SUBYWAYblogger reader Melody brought this to our attention, and then we were able to confirm it on the police scanner logs.
Melody was on the train that allegedly struck the person. However, she was unable to find any info about it in the main stream media or blogs. Again, for those that do not know, the main stream media rarely reports suicides. This is because reporting them often causes more suicides. People of an unstable nature, who might be considering killing themselves, often will become more likely to do so if they think it will get media attention. Often, the suicide is a cry for attention in the first place.
However, according to Melody’s report, there were other witnesses who said the guy was very drunk and just fell on to the tracks as the train was coming. So it might not have been a purposeful suicide in the first place. Might have just been a drunk guy who fell.
Without doing a Freedom of Information Act search in a few weeks, we may never know what really happened.
UPDATE: Here’s what one witness claims to have seen.
We approached the station, and as we pulled in we felt a premature thud/jerk with the brakes kicking in immediately. The conductor said the emergency brakes had been activated and that they were “investigating.” 20 minutes later we attempt to leave the station again, but we only moved about 3-5 feet before the emergency brakes kick in yet again.
At that point we were evacuated from the train, and were waiting on the platform for further instruction, when we hear sirens. A bunch of cops showed up, then someone came in with one of those orange medi-boards, and the cops immediately kicked everyone out saying, “This station is closed!!!”
We backtracked to 42nd St to catch the N from there since, by that point, all local trains had been routed to the express track. We saw a guy on the platform visibly shaken and upset, speaking with a few other men, and we overheard part of his conversation.
We approached the men and asked if they knew anything about what had happened at 49th and the upset man said a guy, who appeared to be drunk, was on the edge of the platform. As the train pulled into the station, he lost his balance and fell between the subway cars.
He said he informed the conductor that a guy had fallen between them, but was ignored. It was only after the brakes kicked in the second time that they investigated more thoroughly and discovered what happened.