Woman trying to retrieve purse from subway tracks is struck by train, loses both legs

December 5, 2017 7:19 am

A Brooklyn woman who climbed onto the subway tracks to retrieve her dropped purse was hit by a train and lost both of her legs below the knee, authorities said Monday.

The accident happened just after 1 a.m. Saturday, when the 25-year-old woman climbed onto the No. 6 train’s roadbed at the E. 28th St. station in Midtown as a southbound train approached, police sources said.



The train’s operator saw the Carroll Gardens resident climbing back onto the platform and pulled the emergency brake — but not in time to avoid hitting her.NY Daily reports.

Medics took her to Bellevue Hospital. Sources said the impact severed both of her legs below the knees.

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