A freak accident in a Manhattan subway station ended in the death of a young NYC woman over the weekend. Now, authorities are trying to figure out how it happened.
“An aspiring actress was pulled to her death by a subway train at the Union Square station in Manhattan over the weekend, the second dragging death of a rider on a platform this year.”
Witnesses cannot fathom how a young aspiring New York actress was able to get dragged down onto the tracks by a passing train early Saturday morning.
Fox News reports, “The 21-year-old woman, identified by her family as Helen McDonald-Phalon, was on the downtown 6 train platform around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday when she came into contact with a train, according to an official with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.”
According to witnesses, the train platform was not crowded so it’s a mystery how she happened to be pulled under the train. The MTA is investigating the incident.
It was just two months ago that a 39-year-old man was killed “after he was dragged by a subway train into a tunnel at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan,” officials said.
Fox News reports that “Initial reports said his bag got caught on a moving train and dragged him under, but an MTA official said Sunday the bag wasn’t the cause of him getting caught on the train.
“The man was dragged into a staircase and then into a tunnel, where he struck an electrical power control box, according to a New York Police Department official at the time. He was declared dead at the scene.”
In Ms. McDonald-Phalon’s case, she somehow got caught between the train car and the platform and was pulled under the train; she died at the subway station.
Sources say that “Ms. McDonald-Phalon moved to New York City from South Carolina to become an actress.”
“She worked at ThinkGeek in Manhattan and recently moved to Brooklyn,” her mother, Ann McDonald-Phalon said.
“She was an amazing, beautiful light, and I’m devastated,” her heartbroken mom said.
This is a developing story. Check back for details as they become available.
Please join us in praying for all those who are mourning her loss.