Eek - reading about this past Saturday's subway train death at 145th and Broadway station makes Gothamist wonder too many things. Police believe that Leonard Hodge, a 32 year-old Bronx man, ran into the subway station because he was being chased by two men. Then he jumped onto the tracks, running north on a southbound track. With a No. 1 train approaching, Hodge then "pressed himself against the tunnel wall in an effort to avoid the train, but miscalculated, police said," and the train hit Hodge. The NY Times reports that the police are calling the death an accident, even though their piecing together of the crime was based on witnesses' accounts (the NYT also has details about Hodge's seemingly troubled life) that mention men chasing Hodge. Gothamist thinks it's a bad idea to jump onto the subway tracks (a woman was killed when she tried to retrieve her fallen cellphone), so we imagine Hodge felt very threatened to do that.
This reminds Gothamist of where to go if you're on the tracks with a train approaching. It seems that the "approved" approach is to lay in the space between the rails; a reader mentioned hearing that the MTA would tell blind passengers to do so in training sessions and, in fact, one person survived by staying in the middle space between the rails. However, we're not totally sure and would appreciate anyone who could give us the recommended procedures.