Man Leaps to Death From 1 Train Platform

By Jess Wisloski on June 9, 2012 4:20pm 

The 96th St. Subway Station on the Upper West Side, New York City.
The 96th St. Subway Station on the Upper West Side, New York City.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — A 27-year-old man appeared to have leaped to his death Saturday morning in front of a 1 train at the 96th Street station, police said.

An MTA spokeswoman said the incident occurred at 9:37 a.m., just north of the subway station at Broadway and West 96th Street in Manhattan.

The man, who police said was 27 years old, was struck and killed by a northbound 1 train, she said.

The train halted between the 96th Street and 103rd Street stations while rescuers and police investigated, the FDNY said, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Carriage-loads of straphangers had to be evacuated from the station after the train struck the man, the FDNY said. The passengers were helped through the train tunnels and were able to exit at an MTA passageway underneath West 99th Street, they said.

Police said an investigation was underway, and that the identity of the victim could not be released until the man's family had been notified.

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