More details on the man who was struck and run over by the subway and survived, though losing an arm, yesterday morning. Newsday reports that 63 year-old Joseph Pierre of Irvington, NJ, says he slipped at Fulton Street platform, then an uptown 5 train hit him and he fell under the the tracks. Pierre "likely escaped death by landing in a deep trough in the roadbed -- the space located between the two rails." A NYC Transit spokesman told Newsday, in the case of the Fulton Street station, "There's enough clearance there to let the train pass over you." Subway service was stopped for an hour, which delayed the deliberations in the Martha Stewart trial, because four jurors' commutes to the courthouse were affected.
There have been many stories lately of people falling into the subway tracks. Please be careful - try to stand a couple feet from the platform. It may be difficult during rush hours, but think of your safety.
Gothamist on a woman rescued after being pushed into subway, Union Square subway shoving last year, and a woman killed by a subway when she tried to retrieve her cellphone from the tracks.