2:43 p.m. | Updated A man was fatally injured when he was pushed in front of a subway train in Midtown on Monday, witnesses told the police.
The police are still investigating the claim that the man was pushed, but “it’s looking more like he was pushed,” a police spokesman said.
The man was struck by a southbound Q train at the 49th Street station around 12:30 p.m., the authorities said, and was dead on arrival at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, a hospital official said. His name was not immediately released.
Several bystanders were treated at the scene, apparently for shock or trauma, fire officials said. There have been no arrests, and witnesses are reported to have told the police that the attacker fled.
The last time someone was pushed in front of a train and struck by it was apparently in August 2010, when a 39-year-old woman was pushed by a stranger into an oncoming R train at 28th Street. The woman, who sustained broken bones and a punctured lung, survived.
In June of this year, a woman was pushed to the tracks by a stranger in the Bronx but was pulled to safety by classmates.