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Brooklyn New York woman killed by train after fainting on subway platform

By Mason White 6:17 PM February 12, 2013
Brooklyn New York train 

By: Sarah Weiss
A woman was killed by a train after fainting on a subway platform, according to emergency workers in Brooklyn, New York.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, said that the woman was hit on the Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue station, on Tuesday.

There are reported train delays in both directions.
55 people died last year after being pushed, fell or jumped onto the train tracks, compared to 47 in 2011, according to the MTA. On average, about 135 people a year are affected by the subway in New York, while most survive, some die.

At a City Council hearing last week, the Transportation Committee Chairman, James Vacca, said that recent deaths should be a wakeup call to our transportation system.

MTA officials said they are working to test barriers at the edges of the platform and technology that sounds alarms when someone or something is on the tracks.

The subway workers union, meanwhile, is pushing another approach, ordering drivers to enter stations as slowly as 10 miles per hour. Average train speed is about 30 miles per hour.