MTA: Woman dead after being pushed in front of train in Times Square


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, a law enforcement source said.

According to police, the suspect pushed the victim onto the tracks around 1:30 p.m. The 46-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene, a police source said.

A person of interest, identified as Melanie Liverpool-Turner, is in custody, according to a police source. It remains unclear what preceded the incident or if the suspect and victim knew each other, police said.

Witnesses were taken to the Midtown South Precinct for interviews, a police source said.

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 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 straphangers 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.

 

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