2009-03-20 / Top Stories

Woman Falls To Subway Tracks After Seizure

Information Contradictory On Woman's Fate
By Miriam Rosenberg

Just days after a man was rescued from the subway tracks in Penn Station in Manhattan, a woman fell on the tracks at the Beach 44 Street and Frank Avenue station on Wednesday morning.

"A female customer experienced a seizure and fell between two cars," said a spokesperson for the MTA. "The [Manhattan bound] train was not moving, and EMS came and took the woman to the hospital."

Audrey Anderson who was heading to work when the 9:32 a.m. incident occurred, told The Wave several passengers jumped on the tracks to help the victim.

"As curious passengers looked on, a few courageous men pulled [the victim] to safety and back onto the platform," said Anderson. "As the crowd began to gather around [her] the seizures increased in intensity and frequency.

"For a few seconds we all watched helplessly, and then suddenly a very gutsy man dressed in a royal blue outfit bent down and held the passenger to prevent any injury.

A very concerned and caring young lady gently elevated her head and placed a book bag under it to prevent contact with the platform."

Anderson said she and other witnesses were concerned that the victim would fall back on the tracks due to the violent shaking and shifting of the women's body.

"It was terrible," said Anderson, who added the sick passenger was "frothing from the mouth and convulsing like crazy."

"It took the very kind and quick actions of other male passengers to keep [her] in place."

Anderson said that the fire department and EMS, which is located just several blocks away, took approximately 20 minutes to arrive.

And, while MTA officials and onlookers said that the woman was transported to the hospital, a spokesperson at the FDNY on Wednesday afternoon, told The Wave that the agency's records show that the report of someone on the tracks was "unfounded" and "no patient was found when the Emergency Medical Technicians arrived."

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