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N.Y.C. Subway Rider Dies After Getting Stuck Between Platform and Train


A New York City subway rider died early Thursday after he got stuck between a Q train he was exiting and the platform and fell into the tracks, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

The episode took place late Wednesday night at the Avenue M station in Midwood, Brooklyn. The man, identified as Marcus Bryant, 37, was taken to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

Police officials had said early Thursday that witness accounts suggested Mr. Bryant’s clothes had gotten caught in the door of a train car. But Richard Davey, the president of New York City Transit, the M.T.A. division that oversees the subway, later contradicted those accounts, and the police said they would defer to the M.T.A.’s investigation.

“We do not believe this was a door incident,” Mr. Davey said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Davey said Mr. Bryant “was caught between the train and the platform and later fell into the pit, on the tracks, and a second train came over.” It was unclear if the second train had struck Mr. Bryant.

Cameras at the station were working at the time, the M.T.A. said, but the agency declined to release footage, citing the ongoing investigation.

A spokesman for the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents subway and bus workers, declined to comment.

Mr. Bryant’s family members could not be reached, and a man at his home address, about a mile and a half from the station, declined to comment.

At the Avenue M stop in Midwood on Thursday afternoon, passengers expressed shock and fear as they learned why news cameras and officials had descended on the outdoor station, which features a particularly narrow platform.

Overgrown weeds grew between the tracks, which were littered with plastic bottles, caution tape and a man’s sneaker. Officials could not say exactly where Mr. Bryant had fallen.

“That’s kind of crazy,” said Carlos Sanchez, 20, who was waiting for a Manhattan-bound Q train on his way to work at a gym. He added that he was always cautious on the subway.

“If you’re from here, you just know to back away and not stand on the yellow part of the platform,” he said.

Outside the station, Valeriya Hofman, 38, who works in real estate, said Mr. Bryant’s death was a reminder that the unpredictable was always possible.

“I have never seen anything like this, and I’ve been living in New York City since 2008,” she said.

In 2019, at least two people were killed in New York after getting dragged by subway cars.

That February, a man who was heading home to Queens died at the Grand Central subway station when he was pulled into a tunnel by a moving train. The man, Vicente Alatorre, 39, was unconscious when the police arrived and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

And a few months later, in April, Helen McDonald-Phalon, 21, died after she became wedged between a train and the Union Square subway platform, according to news reports at the time.

While Mr. Bryant’s death appeared to be accidental, the New York City subway system has been dogged by concerns about safety since ridership plummeted during the pandemic.

A Goldman Sachs employee, Daniel Enriquez, was shot and killed on the same Q line in late May. The killing came just days after officials had heralded a milestone: 3.6 million subway trips in a single day, a pandemic-era record.

In April, a gunman fired 33 shots on an N train traveling through Sunset Park during the morning commute, wounding 10 passengers; more than a dozen others were injured in the chaos. And in January, Michelle Go, an employee of Deloitte, was killed after she was pushed onto the tracks at the Times Square station.

Kirsten Noyes contributed research.

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