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A Man Was Dragged To His Death By A Subway Train At NYC's Grand Central Station

The man died after his clothing or bag was reportedly caught on the train as it was leaving the station.

Posted on February 20, 2019, at 3:40 p.m. ET

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A 39-year-old man was killed in New York City after some part of his clothing or bag got caught on a train as it pulled out of the Grand Central Station.

Police responded just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to the Grand Central 42nd Street station on the 7 train line to reports that a person was struck by a train.

The man was reportedly walking on the yellow line that's painted on the edge of the platform when his clothing or bag got caught on the train as it was pulling out of the station, according to the New York Times.

A transit source told BuzzFeed News that the train was already in motion, exiting the station, when the man entered the platform, adding that it is unclear how he made contact with the side of the moving train.

The source said that since the train was already in motion, the doors were already closed, so it doesn't appear that the man's attire became lodged in a closing door.

The Times reported that surveillance video from the station shows the man's body being dragged into the subway tunnel and striking an electrical box that caused a flash. The spark reportedly caught the attention of a train operator who brought the subway to a halt.

When officers arrived to the scene, the 39-year-old man was unconscious and unresponsive, having suffered severe trauma to his body. EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.

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A New York Police Department spokesperson told BuzzFeed News Wednesday that the incident is still under investigation and that while authorities have tentatively identified the man, they won't be releasing his name until his identity has been confirmed and his family has been notified.

It is unclear how busy the platform was at the time of the incident. ABC7 reported the platform was "packed with commuters," while the transit source told BuzzFeed News the platform was not crowded at the time.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to the MTA for comment.

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