Two subway accidents in New York City occurred within minutes of each other, both at 14th Street Stations in the West Village. A young man was pinned between a train and the platform just 50 minutes before a young woman lost both of her legs after tumbling onto the tracks just down the line.
At around 9:30 on June 17th 23-year-old Nathan Typanski (a native of West Virginia) fell onto the tracks at the 14th Street 8th Avenue Station. No one knows quite why he fell but eyewitnesses saw the man struggling to climb back up onto the platform for several seconds as the incoming train barreled toward the station. Although, the train never stopped or slowed, Typanski was able to climb partially back onto the platform. However, his left leg was pinned between the train car and the platform.
Rescue crews arrived and pried his leg out from the gap. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and listed in stable condition.
Just 50 minutes later–at roughly 10:23 PM an unnamed 36-year old woman fainted at the 14th Street and 7th Avenue Station in the West Village. Unconscious, she tumbled onto the tracks. Nobody at the station saw her fall so it’s unclear she was on the tracks before the incoming train ran over her.
She was taken to a nearby hospital in unspecified condition though police officers told a media outlet that she was “fighting for her life.” Both of her legs were amputated by the train.
Unlike New York City, many subways systems around the world have overt safety mechanisms in place to prevent these kinds of subway accidents. Subway riders, who are either ill or distracted, must depend on good samaritans or alert passersby to save them if they fall into harm’s way.
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