25 Y.O. Man Jumps in Front of Union Square Train, Killed

The incident occurred just after 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 22. Police told Straus News that an unidentified 25 year-old commuter had abruptly jumped on the tracks–and laid down–in front of a southbound Q train. He was pronounced dead on the scene after being struck. N/Q/R/W trains were severely delayed, and the man’s identity has not been released as of press time.

| 26 Jan 2024 | 03:58

A 25 year-old man was killed by jumping in front of a southbound Q train on Monday, Jan. 22. The incident, which occurred at the Union Square subway station, led to severe disruptions of multiple train lines and an ongoing NYPD investigation. As of press time, the authorities have yet to release the man’s identity.

Police told Straus News that they responded to a 911 call and discovered the man at around 8:33 a.m. He was pronounced dead by EMS at the scene. Witnesses told officers that after jumping on the tracks in front of the train, he had laid down before being struck.

The MTA noted that “severe” service delays were necessary after the incident. By 9:18 a.m., they had posted on X.com that “N/Q/R/W train service is severely disrupted in both directions until at least 9:45 AM.” They said that this was due to the NYPD’s investigation of the young man’s death.

The transit agency added that relevant service changes involved southbound N‌‌/Q‌‌/R‌ trains “not stopping at ‌14 St-Union Sq‌.” whatsoever. Moreover, B/D/F/M lines faced delays of their own due to this rerouting.

As of January 23, it seemed that any delays on these train lines were happening elsewhere.

The incident mirrored a tragic day last July, when three men jumped in front of three different trains in a stunning 11-hour span. The men ranged in age from 22 to 47.

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