A two-year-old boy died after he fell off a subway platform as his mother reportedly tied his shoes, police say.
The boy, who has not yet been identified, was hit by an oncoming train in the Fulton Street station in New York City on Wednesday evening.
Police say the boy was with his 20-year-old mother, who reportedly was attempting to tie her son’s shoe when he pulled away and fell onto the tracks as the train entered the station.
The train reportedly struck the boy, wedging him between the platform and the train. Frantic bystanders and subway workers tried to push the train off the boy, but the attempts were unsuccessful and airbags had to be used to push the train.
A witness told the New York Post: ‘The mother was coming down the stairs with three bags. The little boy was in front of her and there was another train [that] was coming from Flatbush.’
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The New York City Transit (NYCT) released a statement on Twitter attached to a message, which read: ‘We cannot imagine their pain, and we cannot adequately convey our thoughts in 280 characters, so we’ll just remind everyone out there to be kind and take care of one another.’
In their statement, the NYCT wrote: ‘NYC Transit and NYPD are investigation a tragic incident at Fulton Street Station where a young boy apparently became separated from his mother and was struck by a northbound number 2 train.’
‘Our heart breaks for the family and the MTA is praying for the. Our thoughts are with the crew of the train as well. ‘
After the deadly incident, trains were reportedly delayed on multiple subway lines.