The Wall Street Journal is reporting that four men died this weekend in subway accidents in less than 24 hours, marking perhaps one of the bloodiest days in New York transit history.
Even more bizarre however, is that the mishaps — which all occurred on Saturday — are unrelated.
“As far as we know, there is no connection between these unfortunate incidents,” said Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Deidre Parker. “They are under investigation by NYPD.”
According to NBCNY, the first victim was found at 2am, unconscious and bleeding from the mouth in Queens’ Elmhurst Avenue station at Broadway, on the R line. Police say the man, reportedly in his 60s, may have fallen down the stairs. He died an hour later in a nearby hospital.
Around 8:30am transit police say another man was struck and killed, while wandering around the tunnels on the L line one stop away from the 14th Street station. He was later identified as Brian O’Mara, a twenty-two year old from Long Island.
“Police said Mr. O’Mara had been out drinking with friends, who later realized he didn’t enter a taxi with them at the end of the night,” the WSJ reported.
Another accident occurred on the L train rails when a man was caught between a subway and the Sixth Avenue station at 10pm.
Gothamist relates a Reddit eye-witness account from the horrific scene:
“I just saw a man get ran over by an L train. It was… awful. Blood and intestines covering the platform. I don’t know if he jumped or fell. An EMT that came over said that this happens on average twice a week.”
The fourth fatality was reported in Brooklyn, when a man’s body was removed from the tunnel near the Nostrand station on Saturday afternoon.
In that in incident, police said the man appeared to have been struck by several trains before he was noticed. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A medical examiner’s office spokeswoman said an autopsy had been performed but more tests were being conducted.
New York police don’t suspect criminal activity in any of the subway deaths.