With a Push, Argument on NYC Subway Platform Turned Fatal

Woman dies after being pushed in front of Times Square subway train
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2016 7:08 PM CST
With a Push, Argument on NYC Subway Platform Turned Fatal
Patrons wait for number 7 subway train Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in the Queens borough of New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

A woman has died after being pushed in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square MTA station Monday, the New York Daily News reports. The incident occurred around 1:20pm, when two women got into a heated argument on the subway platform. The victim was a 49-year-old woman. Police have not yet released her identity. MTA subway service was delayed for most of the afternoon as investigators worked the scene. The suspect is a 30-year-old woman from Queens that the New York Post identifies as Melanie Liverpool-Turner. She has a history of mental illness, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to the Post.

"It's a horrible incident, and your heart goes out to this family and this victim, and also to the people that were on that platform," the Manhattan chief of detectives says. The driver of the train was taken to Roosevelt Hospital to be treated for emotional trauma. The New York Times reports that police are looking into whether the suspect was involved in a similar subway attack last month. As NBC New York reports, the woman told police she was responsible for pushing another person to her death in front of an oncoming train on Oct. 19 at the Union Square station, but since witnesses told police that victim had actually jumped in front of the train, authorities declared it a suicide. (More New York City subway stories.)

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