Man fatally jumps in front of N train in Astoria

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Firefighters clean up the elevated Astoria subway platform, where a man jumped in front of the train. Photo by Dave Conlogue
Firefighters clean up the elevated Astoria subway platform, where a man jumped in front of the train.

Severed limbs flew onto an Astoria street Tuesday evening after a man threw himself in front of a Queens-bound N train, witnesses and a police source said.

The incident at 31st Street and Broadway shut down power and train service in both directions between Queensboro Plaza and Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard for nearly four hours, according to police and city alerts.

A resident named Sean, who did not want to give his last name, said “everything was chaotic.”

Witnesses said they saw a heavy set severed leg on the street and body parts strewn on the tracks at around 4:13 p.m. One resident described what appeared to be “grinded up meat.”

“I asked the driver when he came down and he told me a man jumped,” said passerby John Sadiq. “He came rolling and crushing.”

The investigation is ongoing, a law enforcement source said.

With additional reporting by Rosa Kim

 

Photo by Suzan Pierce

 

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