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Woman killed after leaping in front of Brooklyn subway train


A woman died after she jumped in front of a train at a Brooklyn subway station during rush hour Monday morning.

Cops said she may have dropped her cell phone onto the tracks and was trying to retrieve it before she was struck.

The woman, who was said to be in her 30s, leaped off the platform at around 8:15 a.m. as a northbound N train approached the 59th St. station in Sunset Park, police said. She was declared dead at the scene.

The incident snarled morning commutes on the N and R lines for more than an hour. Trains running on the N line were redirected to the D line from 36th St. to Coney Island-Stillwell Ave., and service on the R was suspended between 36th St. and Bay Ridge-95th St.

Steve Loff, 45, a production accountant at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the show “God Friended Me,” gets the R train at the terminal in Bay Ridge at 95th St and 4th Ave. What is generally about an hour-long ride to work took him two hours this morning.

“We were about to get to the second stop and the train stalled. I figured it was just another delay, but we were there for a while," Loff said. "We were just sitting in the tunnel. I’ve been taking the train for 30 plus years and this is the first time I was just sitting there not knowing what was going on.

"Then the conductor said the doors would have to be opened manually with a key because someone jumped in front of the train. We were told we had to evacuate the train.”

Loff said riders walked through three or four cars to one that opened at a platform. “It was a crowded train but it was pretty orderly. The conductor came through and told us what happened. She was pretty blunt."

Passengers used a staircase to the street. “There were a lot of emergency personnel and they had the area sealed off. No one could get to the front of the train. It was chaos,” Loff said.

"I just couldn’t believe the response, personnel-wise, for just one person jumping in front of the train, fire trucks, police, ambulance.”

Loff walked to 36th St and took another R train to work.

“It’s unfortunate what happened.”

Crews were able to restore some service on the line shortly after 9 a.m., but northbound trains were still bypassing the 59th St. station just before 10 a.m. while emergency crews investigated.