A person and a girl, each believed to be homeless, have been killed on the subway tracks Friday morning, officers stated.
The couple was discovered simply earlier than 11 a.m. close to the 145th Avenue One-train subway cease in Hamilton Heights, NYPD officers stated. The lady’s physique was discovered contained in the subway tunnel, whereas the person appeared to have been dragged by the prepare into the close by cease.
Police stated the victims didn’t have identification with them and weren’t in a position to be recognized immediately. Officers stated they thought the couple was homeless and doubtlessly looking for shelter contained in the subway system.
“It’s lunacy that people are voluntarily intruding on subway tracks, requiring transit workers to risk their own safety looking for encampments day in, day out,” stated MTA chief security and safety officer Pat Warren, in response to Friday’s deaths. He cited the MTA’s January survey that discovered 350 folks have been residing in 29 encampments inside subway tunnels and 89 inside subway stations. The survey additionally discovered instances of individuals getting into the tracks had elevated 20 p.c since 2019, NY1 reported.
“We shouldn’t have to keep saying it: tracks are dangerous and walking on them is illegal, obviously life-threatening, and can impact thousands of other riders,” Warren stated.
In his first 4 months in workplace, Mayor Eric Adams pushed metropolis companies to clear homeless folks out of the subways and out of encampments. Advocates for the homeless argue these sweeps have additional marginalized essentially the most weak New Yorkers, pushing them into even much less secure conditions, like underground subway tunnels.
“People have found themselves chased from the subways, from the sidewalks, and from the parks, further to the margins and further from support,” stated Helen Strom, with the Security Web Challenge of the City Justice Middle, in a press release. “As an alternative we urge the Metropolis to instantly provide homeless folks the hundreds of vacant supportive and HPD flats which are accessible and cease the closures of tons of of single rooms in a number of resorts in Manhattan and Queens which have housed tons of of homeless folks safely in the course of the pandemic.”