Yesterday at 3.45 pm, a 38-year-old woman jumped onto the subway tracks to retrieve her gym bag. This was on the 6 line at 77th Street in Manhattan's Upper East Side - my subway stop, by the way. She froze when she saw the approaching train, and was decapitated. Passengers were evacuated and were horror-stricken as they walked past the torso.
I wonder what went through this poor woman's mind as she decided to attempt to retrieve her bag. We all make bad decisions from time to time, and I think she misjudged how hard it is to pull yourself off the tracks.
I also feel really sorry for the train operator who must be traumatized beyond belief.
From the New York Post: