A 22-year-old Irish immigrant has survived being run over by three subway trains in New York.
Identified as Mary Downey, the Woodlawn, Bronx, resident only suffered a broken shoulder when she fell from a station platform near Times Square at 6am on Sunday.
She somehow managed to catch the attention of the driver of the third train who reportedly moved swiftly and activated the emergency brakes as that train’s third carriage rolled over the helpless Ms Downey.
Police sources told the New York Post that the young woman had been drinking but still managed to scramble to a trough between the rails and the platform, a move which saved her life.
Community leaders in Woodlawn were in the dark about the young Irish lady’s background when contacted by the Irish Examiner yesterday while a local Bronx news television station had also failed to glean any more information than was reported in the Post.
It is not clear whether or not the 22-year-old was on a J1 visa in New York City.
Friends collected her from Bellevue Hospital on Sunday and told the Post, “She’s doing really well. She just fractured her shoulder.”
The northbound N train was approaching the 49th St Station when the young Irish woman fell from the platform.
“She was lucky enough to have, it looks like to us, rolled to the platform and was in between the platform and the train when the train came into the station,” FDNY Battalion Chief Mike Meyers told the Post.
According to the Post, Paramedics were called and removed Downey from under the train.
She was rushed by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital where she was treated for her broken shoulder and then released hours later.
The New York Transit Authority have said that 151 people were struck by their underground trains last year with a total of 53 fatalities.
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