An unidentified man jumped in front of a southbound N train shortly after 9 a.m. this morning in the Times Square subway station, witnesses told police. FDNY and NYPD spokesmen confirm that a man was removed from under the subway train and rushed to Bellevue hospital—the FDNY adds that he was still conscious when he was rescued, and that he is expected to survive.
An NYPD spokesman says the man "does not appear to be the victim of a crime," and that witnesses saw him jump in front of the train. The incident resulted in extensive delays on the N, Q, and R lines, but as of 10:15 a.m. the MTA says service has resumed (albeit with residual delays).
Commuter Katie M. tells us via email that she was "on a downtown N train this morning, and around 9:00 am the train lurched to a halt between 49th Street and 42nd Street. It felt like someone had pulled the emergency brake."
She says there was an announcement about "an injured passenger," and then "we sat for 5 or 10 minutes, and then were told to proceed toward the middle of the train to one open door. They turned the lights off, and we proceeded in two lines toward the one open door, walking through many cars (I was at the back of the train). No further information was given, but there were police officers telling people on the platform that NQR trains were no longer running downtown."
Officials say power was cut to the tracks during the rescue operation, which is standard operating procedure.
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