A man was struck and killed by a train in Park Slope this morning after jumping onto the tracks in an apparent suicide, police told the Ink.
The incident occurred shortly after 7:30 in the morning at the 7th Ave. train stop in Park Slope. Witnesses claim to have seen the man jump in front of an oncoming Manhattan-bound G train. The man, whose identity is being withheld by police due to a lack of criminal intent, was pronounced dead at the scene. The train conductor, Kisha Moorehead, was taken to Methodist Hospital in Park Slope for trauma but was discharged before noon. “[S]haken up and stressed,” Moorehead wrote on her Facebook profile page. “Passenger jumped in front of my train this morning.”
Traffic along the F and G lines was backed up for close to two hours this morning as police investigated the scene. The episode was particularly traumatic for subway passengers and employees who witnessed the aftermath. A group of MTA workers sent out on an unrelated construction job watched as police debated whether or not to postpone cleanup of the potential crime scene. The body was visible for close to two hours.
“I saw the body on the tracks and it was mangled,” said one MTA worker who refused to be identified for fear of facing employer repercussions. “It shook me up bad. It was the first time I’d seen something like that.”
But by 10 am, the tracks had been thoroughly washed and the body removed, leaving little evidence of the gruesome scene, save for a pool of muddy brown water beneath the rails.
-by Stefanos Chen