Two Men Hit at 72nd Street Subway Stop, One Fatally

Two people were hit by trains at the 72nd Street subway station in unrelated episodes Wednesday morning. One of them, believed to be a suicide, died. Several transit officials said they could not recall another time when two people were hit in the same station on the same day.

In the first crash, a 62-year-old man was hit by a northbound No. 1 local train at 7:50 a.m., the authorities said. “It appears that he jumped in front of the train,” said Charles Seaton, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The man was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

Then, at 11:55 a.m., a 33-year-old man who appeared to be trying to climb up from the trackbed was hit by a northbound No. 2 train, the authorities said. He was in stable condition at St. Luke’s, the police said.

About 50 people are killed each year by subway trains in the city.

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