74 people were struck by subway trains between January and the end of May of this year, up nearly 20 percent from that same period last year. But even with this uptick, it appears fewer people are succumbing to fatal injuries, with seven fewer fatalities during that period than there were last year.

Those statistics, reported on by the Post, do not include the six people struck by trains over the weekend—two of whom died as a result.

The Post doesn't give much insight as to why fewer people have been killed by trains, even with more individuals falling onto the tracks. The MTA, which has not yet responded to our request for comment, is reportedly testing a system that would be able to tell when a person falls onto the tracks, thus giving trains time to slow down, but it's unclear whether that's been a factor. In 2013, MTA union TWU Local 100 said it was asking its train operators to slow down "for safety," though that may have had more to do with an ongoing contract dispute at the time.

A few years ago a subway conductor addressed surviving a subway fall during a Reddit AMA, and it's worth taking a moment to review his advice, should you ever trip onto the tracks or find yourself shoved off an overcrowded platform:

If, god forbid, I fall onto the tracks or someone I am willing to risk my life for falls into the tracks and is knocked out - and a train is coming (lets say 30sec away) - what should I do? Are those pits between the rails by the platforms made for people to hide in in a worst case scenario?

The best thing you can do is run as far down the platform as you can (in the opposite direction from where the train enters the station) and wave your arms frantically to get the train operator and passenger's attention. Believe me, the passengers WILL be doing the exact same thing, as nobody wants to see you get run over and their train get delayed.
If you can get to the far end of the platform, it gives the train more room to stop, and there is a ladder at the end of each platform where you can climb back up -- do NOT try to climb up from where you are. So many people have been killed trying to jump back up rather than getting away from the entrance end of the station.

Do NOT trust the pits between the tracks --- they are often right next to the third rail which can be just as dangerous (and note that the wooden planks are not designed to hold a human's weight - they are there to protect the energized rail from drips and weather) and the train operator is less likely to see you if you're in there. And don't duck under the train, because most stations do not have enough clearance for the average human.

And do NOT jump down onto the tracks to try to save someone else. The best thing you can do is run on the platform towards the tunnel where the train enters so you can get the operator's attention sooner. Waving your arms over the tracks will tell the operator to stop immediately.

Still, the MTA told us in 2012 that it's safest to stay as far from the edge of a platform as possible while waiting for the train, denying yourself the urge to catch a glimpse of an oncoming train's lights. Even if you manage to survive getting struck, it's hard to avoid the pain and the medical bills.