Woman Run Over by NYC Trains 3 Times, Survives
22-year-old manages to roll into small space between platform, train
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2014 8:25 AM CDT
A shot of a NYC subway station.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – New York City's subway system claimed 53 lives in 2013; a 22-year-old narrowly, and miraculously, avoided being added to 2014's tally yesterday morning. Mary Downey, a 22-year-old Irish immigrant living in the Bronx, fell onto the tracks at a Times Square station around 6am; she was, in the New York Post's telling, drunk and staggering. The fall not only broke Downey's shoulder: It also put her in the path of an oncoming N train. She didn't have time to exit the rails, so she apparently "rolled to the platform and was in between the platform and the train when the train came into the station," according to an FDNY official.

And that was apparently just the first of three close calls. Police say a second train drove over her, as did a third, though the operator of that train saw Downey waving for help and was able to stop the train after just part of it passed over her. She was removed by paramedics and taken to a hospital where her shoulder injury was treated. The Post spotted her "wiping tears from her eyes" as she was discharged. (Earlier this month, an allegedly drunk 22-year-old fell asleep on Alabama train tracks, and had a close call herself.)

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Jul 1, 2014 8:46 AM CDT
Newser loses all credibility with crap like this. You just set yourselves up to be included in "Stupid news headlines" compilations. Perhaps the reporter does not know the difference between "running over" and "passing next to." Or maybe it is her editor or a runamuck headline writer. If a train runs over any part of a human body, it usually severs that part from the body, since the weight of a train produces tons per square inch at the wheel's contact point. Even if the person is between the tracks. the pilot at the front of the train is likely to crush them and dangling hoses can hit them and kill them. The drunken woman next to the tracks was apparently not touched by any part of the train.
Jun 30, 2014 2:56 PM CDT
"Woman Run Over by NYC Trains 3 Times, Survives Crappy headline writing as usual, Kate Seamons. She wasn't run over! "Woman Narrowly Avoids Being Run Over by NYC Train 3 Times" is accurate.
Jun 30, 2014 12:40 PM CDT
Well thank God she was ok.