Man fatally struck by L train

Emergency personnel head into the First Avenue L station. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Emergency personnel head into the First Avenue L station. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

A man was killed after being hit by an L train at the First Avenue station, police said.

He had laid down on the southbound roadbed at around 12:45 p.m. and has been declared dead, according to a spokesperson for the department.

The victim was born in 1948 but police didn’t provide any further information about him. He has been identified.

It was around 1 p.m. when fire trucks and ambulances swarmed the 14th Street and First Avenue intersection and shut down train service. A man walking at that corner said he’d been kicked out of the L train he’d been on at Union Square. Meanwhile, an MTA employee stood at the entrance of the subway directing those looking to get in that they’d have to take the M14 to Union Square.

Emergency personnel at the scene (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Emergency personnel at the scene (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

(Photo by Sabina Mollot)

(Photo by Sabina Mollot)

 (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

(Photo by Sabina Mollot)

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5 thoughts on “Man fatally struck by L train

  1. That is very tragic. I feel sorry for the Police, Firefighters and EMS guys who have to go down and deal with that. I’m sure they must suffer trauma themselves, even if they don’t outwardly show it.

      • YES!! That poor man will have the memory all his life. My uncle was a bus driver who had a small child dart out and go right under his wheels. There was nothing he could do about it. The child survived although a leg had to be amputated, but my uncle had a breakdown that he never got over.

    • I agree with you, but I also feel sorry for the poor, despairing man who killed himself and his loved ones. I was in this L station less than an hour before this happened. Thankfully, I missed witnessing this tragedy.

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