Every year dozens of people are injured in staircase accidents in New York, some of them seriously. One common place for these accidents is in subway stations. The surfaces can be difficult to navigate-due to poor lighting, improper maintenance and disrepair. Recently, one video that went viral highlighted the danger of one particular stairwell at the Sunset Park Station on 36th Street.
November 24th proved to be an exceptionally dangerous day in the New York City underground. Two women were killed in separate subway accidents in New York within hours of each other.
A deadly subway accident in New York City claimed the life of Subway Maintenance Supervisor James Knell. Knell was fatally electrocuted in April of 2010 after he slipped and fell onto the third rail of a subway line in the Rockways. Knell, 45, had been working the tracks for the past 13 years and was an experienced veteran.
A shocking subway accident in The Bronx has many questioning whether or not the MTA is doing enough to protect New Yorkers in the underground. Last May an elderly wheelchair-bound man was killed when his wheelchair rolled off the platform and onto the tracks directly in front of an oncoming train at the Intervale Avenue station in Longwood. The man was crushed and killed instantly. Now safety advocates are saying New York's mass transit system could be doing more to prevent such accidents.
A fatal New York City bus accident left one woman dead and left many questioning the safety precautions employed by City drivers. The unnamed 50-year old victim was pinned under the bus's wheels shortly after stepping off the B44 bus in Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Witnesses say the woman dropped her phone as she was exiting the bus and bent to retrieve it. The driver put the bus in motion while the woman was still under the bus. She was killed instantly when the rear wheels rolled over her.
In 2008, a tragic accident on the subway stairs resulted in a 61-year old Williamsburg grandmother lying at the bottom of the stairs, bleeding from her brain. Days later, seizures wracked her body as she lay in a Bellevue Hospital bed, slowly stealing her ability to communicate with loved ones and leaving her bedridden, totally dependent on others for care.
The second bus accident in New York City in as many months has claimed the life of a 75-year old Bronx native. The woman was struck and killed by a City bus early this month as she was crossing the street. The accident occurred at the corner of 74th street and Broadway in Elmhurst at around 6 PM on February 3rd. The bus was making a left turn onto Broadway when the woman, Gloria Mabry, was struck by the rear of the bus and trapped under the rear wheels.