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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