Subway Death at 72nd Street and Broadway Ruled Accidental

By Ben Fractenberg | March 1, 2012 7:20pm | Updated on March 1, 2012 7:22pm

UPPER WEST SIDE — A janitor who was struck and killed by a subway train at 72nd Street and Broadway Wednesday fell onto the tracks after a dizzy spell and was not trying to commit suicide, according authorities and a published report.

The 62-year-old man, whose name DNAinfo is withholding because it was unclear if family has been notified, was reportedly talking with some colleagues when he fell onto the tracks, The New York Times reported Thursday.

“The family is devastated in general but to say that he committed suicide is horrible,” said Laura Tavormina, the deputy director of the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, where the man worked, according to the paper.

Police originally said the death was an apparent suicide, but the medical examiner's office confirmed to DNAinfo that the death was an accident.

A spokeswoman said that the man died of blunt force trauma to the head after he was hit by a Bronx-bound No. 1 train and also suffered fractures to the hand.

Just hours after the man was killed another man fell into the tracks and was struck by a train.

A witness said he saw the man appeared to be intoxicated.