Around 7:30am, a report of a person struck by a train went out across police radios.
The incident occurred around 116th Street & Broadway on the Uptown 1 line. The thing we find odd is the report that the person was dead on arrival between 116th and 125th. That makes it sound like the person may have been in the tunnel when they were hit. That’s just an assumption.
Typically, people that jump or fall off the platform die right there. There’s no report of the bodies being found “between” stops.
However, I suppose it is possible that he person was hit and dragged as the train pulled out of the station.
The incident tied up trains for hours right in the heart of rush hour. Beyond that, not too many details are available. That makes me think that it was probably a homeless person living in the tunnels that got hit.
Dustin Dibble, 25, of Brooklyn fell onto the subway tracks back in April of 2006. A train came and ran over his leg. Unfortunately, the leg had to be amputated at the calf.
Dibble was drunk at the time and reportedly had a BAC of .18.
The courts just awarded him $2.3 million!
They found that the train operator saw him in time to stop, but did not. Dibble’s lawyers allege that the train operator saw Dibble and had 180 feet of room to stop, but did not.
The train operator’s lawyer says the driver thought Dibble was simply trash on the tracks.
Dibble admits being intoxicated and does not even remember the incident.
So how is it that this is the fault of the MTA? This guy was drunk, fell onto the tracks, and was hit by a train. It is absolutely an unfortunate situation. Obviously, Dibble will never be the same again, but how is that the fault of the train?
It’s not like the driver actually saw a person on the tracks and said to hell with it…hit him. It’s extremely traumatic for the person driving the train when they hit someone. Actually, the MTA requires crews associated with this kind of incident to undergo psychological counseling.
It just boggles the mind.