A man died on Saturday after he leaped in front of a train pulling into the Jay Street–MetroTech station, according to police, who called the death a suicide.
The 33-year-old victim was waiting for a Queens-bound A train on the platform inside the station near Jay and Willoughby streets, and when one slowly drove in around 6 pm, he jumped into its path, smashing its front window, said a witness who asked to remain anonymous.
“I was on the train, right by the window. You know when a car goes over a bump, how it jerks up — that’s what it did,” said the woman, who was commuting to her Far Rockaway home when the incident occurred. “We were stuck there for a while, and then they finally opened the door right where the body was. It was a lot.”
Emergency responders, who pronounced the man dead at the scene, struggled to move his body from beneath the train before lifting it off of the tracks as stranded straphangers stood around the platform, video footage from the witness shows.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273–8255; and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.