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The peak Tuesday evening was almost finished when a man walked uncontrollably down the stairs to the metro platform. The train, its door is already closed, raised the speed when it was pulled out.
For a few awful seconds, the train pulled a man into a tunnel that was passing by a stop at the Central Station in the center of Manhattan. He was unconscious when the police arrived and was found dead at the scene by paramedics.
Whatever the reason, such accidents are so rare that when they occur, they send shivering over the horsemen, which again give rise to fears that they should stand too close to the edge of the platform. Although people restrain people from deliberate jumps before trains, subway officials have long sought to avoid accidents by setting yellow bands with a buggy surface that should deliver a tactile warning:
for subway riders who are accustomed to leaning over the edge, looking at the darkness on the headlights are approaching the train. And it was a message that some passengers listened more carefully than ever Wednesday.
"I'm not standing on this yellow line," said 69-year-old Mark Joseph on Wednesday when he was standing on the platform where the accident occurred, and a transit officer in a yellow vest cried "Step back!"
"Many people do not listen, "said Joseph. – They go to the very edge. I'm afraid you can go or someone can push you. It is not worth it. You can die. "
But some passengers and some behavioral experts have said that New Yorkers are so accustomed to the yellow marking of the platform that they ignore them. More important is the compression on the already crowded train, elbow past other people and slicing the crowd.
"I think these points should make you aware of the danger," said Antan Los (60). people see that the train comes, it's a natural instinct to lean forward and be first in the train.
Witnesses told the police that the man was walking along the yellow guard line at the edge of the platform around 19.20
The camcorder from the observation camera inside the station showed that his body rushed to the stairs and dragged into the tunnel, according to a law enforcement official.
A man's body struck an electric box near the tunnel and sent a flash that attracted the attention of the train operator who applied the brakes, the official said.