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New York Subways Delayed by Death and Injury at Rush Hour

A man was struck and killed by a New York City subway train while another was injured in two separate rush-hour incidents at one station that snarled train service on Manhattan’s East Side for hours.

A 31-year-old man was killed at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday at the station at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue when he lost his balance while defecating between cars on the uptown 6 train and fell to the tracks, said Paul Browne, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department, in a telephone interview.

About 20 minutes earlier, at the same station, a 50-year-old homeless, intoxicated man was taken to Harlem Hospital Center for treatment of gashes to his buttocks and leg and a broken pelvis, Browne said. Witnesses saw the man climbing out of the trackbed, yet nobody saw a train hit the man, and he had no memory of being on the tracks, Browne said.

While there had been reports from some witnesses of an altercation on the platform, police could find no connection between the two incidents, Browne said. Service on the 4, 5 and 6 trains was delayed about two hours while police investigated.

New York City’s subway system is the busiest in the U.S., with about 5.7 million daily riders, according to the state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the network. Two people were pushed to their deaths in front of subway trains in the city last month, and a man and a woman were indicted separately for their murders this week.

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