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Man killed by subway train after falling onto tracks during a fight 

The fight began when the victim knocked the suspect’s cell phone out of his hands and it landed on the tracks

October 18, 2022 5:54am

Updated: October 18, 2022 4:53pm

A man was fatally struck by an oncoming subway train on Monday after he fell onto the train tracks during a fight at rush hour, The New York Police Department (NYPD) said. 

The victim, 48, was fighting another man, 50, on the subway platform at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station on Monday shortly before 5 p.m. 

During the fight, the victim fell from the platform onto the train tracks and was struck by an oncoming F train, police added. The man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

According to witnesses, the fight began when the victim knocked the suspect’s cell phone out of his hands and it landed on the tracks. 

Police have yet to determine whether the victim fell to the tracks on his own or if he was pushed onto the subway tracks by the other man during the fight. 

Police took the 50-year-old man into custody at the scene.   

The identities of both men have not yet been released. 

The incident halted subway operations in Queens for about 3 hours while police investigated what happened. 

Monday’s death comes after a series of deaths and violent incidents have happened in the Big Apple’s subway system. 

On Saturday morning, a man was shoved onto the subway tracks at a Bronx station in an unprovoked attack. 

The 26-year-old victim was standing on the platform at the East 149th Street station waiting for a train when a stranger suddenly pushed him onto the tracks, according to police. Witnesses helped the victim climb back onto the platform before a train could hit him.

The victim was taken to the hospital for evaluation but survived the incident with minor leg injuries. 

Video footage of the incident shows the suspect fleeing in an unknown direction after pushing the victim. He has not yet been caught.