A woman was pushed onto the tracks and fatally struck by an oncoming southbound 1 train at the Times Square-42nd Street station Monday afternoon, police officials said.
According to NYPD Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubry, the 49-year-old victim was pushed onto the tracks around 1:20 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Witnesses immediately flagged down two officers who were standing on the platform, Aubry said during a late afternoon news conference.
A person of interest was apprehended by Transit Bureau police officers "within a couple of moments," according to NYPD Transit Chief Joseph Fox.
The person of interest, identified by a police source as Melanie Liverpool-Turner, was taken into custody and brought to the Midtown South Precinct for questioning, Aubry said. Witnesses were also taken to the Midtown South Precinct for interviews.
It remains unclear what preceded the incident or if the suspect and victim knew each other, police said.
“We have a lot of work to do; it's still preliminary in the investigation," Aubry added. "We are looking at video now and we're trying to capture the perpetrator and also the victim as they're entering into the train station."
As a result, there are service changes on the 1, 2 and 3 lines, the MTA said.
Southbound 1 trains are running express from 72nd Street to Chambers Street, according to the MTA. Southbound 2 and 3 trains are bypassing Times Square-42nd Street and some southbound 2 trains are running on the 5 line from 149 Street-Grand Concourse to Nevins Street.
The staircase leading down to the 1, 2 and 3 train platforms remained blocked off as police patrolled the entrance Monday afternoon. MTA workers were advising passengers of service changes, trying to help people get where they need to go.
Larissa Diaz, 25, works at the clothing store across from the entrance to the No. 2 platform and realized something was wrong when she heard yelling.
"There were so many people outside, screaming," she said. "I didn't know what was happening. It's crazy, it's scary."
Customers can expect delays on 1, 2 and 3 trains, the MTA said.