An Irish immigrant had a miracle escape in New York after being run over by a subway train three times — and living to tell the tale.
Mary Downey only had a broken shoulder after falling onto the tracks at Time Square station
The 22-year-old, who was conscious the whole time, appears to have moved herself so she was in the trough between the rails as three trains careered overhead.
Ms Downey was taken to hospital but was released and is now recovering at her home in the Bronx area of New York.
The dramatic incident happened at 6am on Sunday as she made her way home after a night out.
Ms Downey walked into the 49th Street station to get a subway train but toppled over and fell onto the tracks, breaking her shoulder as a northbound train on the N line was approaching.
According to police sources, there were two possibilities as to how Ms Downey survived
She may have managed to move her body between the rails or she could have wriggled into the gap between the rails and the tracks.
A source told the New York Post: ‘It just wasn’t her time.’
The first driver did not realise he had even drove over her, neither did the second.
It was only the third subway train driver who realised something was wrong, but initially thought it was a piece of rubbish on the track.
In fact it was Ms Downey’s hand waving for help.
The driver hit the brakes and paramedics pulled Ms Downey from under the train and took her to Bellevue hospital, covered in black soot.
She was released a few hours later in a wheelchair with her arm in a sling.
Ms Downey was wearing a hospital-issue, blue t-shirt and grey, tracksuit bottoms and was wiping tears away from her face.
A friend who declined to identify themselves said she was ‘doing really well and just fractured her shoulder’.
FDNY battalion chief Mike Meyers said: “She was lucky enough to have rolled to the platform and was in between the platform and the train when the train came into the station.”
Video posted on YouTube shows Ms Downey being carried out of the Times Square subway on a stretcher — with soot marks clearly visible on her arms.
In the footage she is surrounded by a dozen firemen who lift her up the stairs and wheel her over to a waiting ambulance which takes her away.
Ms Downey is held down by five straps that cross her body and a double strap holding her head in place. She is not moving, with her legs splayed out at the bottom of the stretcher.
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