MANHATTAN – Police are investigating how a 50-year-old man ended up on the subway tracks inside the East 86th Street-Lexington Avenue Station— and killed by a downtown 4 subway train Tuesday afternoon on the Upper East Side.
Passengers rushed in and out of the upper level of the the bustling Upper East Side subway station— seemingly oblivious to the horrors that unfolded one level below them just around 2:17pm.
A message over the subway station loudspeaker announced express trains would be running on the local track because of a person struck by a train— but passengers didn’t bat an eye to the tragedy.
Investigators with the MTA and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as well as the NYPD Emergency Services Unit came in and out of the underground scene long after first responders left, aiding with the recovery of the victim’s body and trying to figure out how the man ended up on the train tracks.
At this point, police tell Upper East Site foul play does not look to be involved.
This latest tragedy on the tracks comes just over two weeks after a pair of subway accidents left one man dead and another hospitalized in separate incidents at the East 68th Street and East 86th Street-Lexington Avenue stations.
The tragedy prompted a slew of delays and changes in the Lexington Avenue line with 4 and 5 trains running local between East 42nd and 125th Streets in both directions— making stops on the upper level of the East 86th Street-Lexington Avenue station.