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.