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Subway injury and death counts continue to add up

Just over a week ago, two people survived after jumping in front of subway trains. They were the eighth and ninth persons to be injured or killed by a subway train since February 20. In just five days, nine persons were hurt or killed in subway accidents.

The eighth person reportedly jumped in front of an E train headed into Manhattan and was in serious condition when he was taken to Elmhurst Hospital. The ninth person jumped in front of a downtown 1 train; she also survived and was taken to Harlem Hospital. Just one day earlier, another person died when he jumped in front of an E train at the 23rd St. station.

Considering these recent subway accidents and the subway accident deaths in late 2012 due to people being pushed onto subway tracks, there may be public concern about how easy it is to be injured or killed in a subway station. New Yorkers might question the safety of the subway and wonder whether the Metro Transit Authority is doing anything to make subway stations safer.

As the subway is frequented by so many people, it is unlikely that the recent subway accidents will result in a mass exodus away from subway trains. However, if more and more people are injured or killed in the city's subways, there may be a strong reason to change the design of subway platforms.

If the MTA is seen to be negligent in the operation of the subway system, they could potentially be held responsible for injuries or deaths incurred in subway stations, especially in cases in which a person accidentally falls or is pushed into the tracks.

Source: New York Daily News, "Man leaps in front of E train in failed suicide bid," Joe Stepanksy and Barry Paddock, Feb. 25, 2013

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