Subway riders on alert after woman is randomly pushed onto tracks at Union Square

December 14, 2018 - 6:26 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Straphangers say they’re being extra cautious Friday after a young woman was randomly pushed onto the subway tracks and injured at the Union Square station the day before.

“You have to be mindful of who’s behind you,” one man said at the 14th Street station Friday morning. “Because in New York City a lot of bad things happen sometimes, especially in the subways.”

The attack happened around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

A 29-year-old New Jersey woman was waiting on the northbound 4/5 platform when a man pushed her onto the tracks, seemingly at random.

One witness told 1010 WINS that people rushed to help her. She was shaken but not seriously injured.

“Two really strong men with really long arms were able to pull her out really fast,” she said. “They were in shock.”

The woman said the victim had track marks on her.

“Just like dirt, even on her arms; even on her jacket,” she said. “I didn’t see any blood. She was screaming that she was in pain.”

The subway pusher was still on the loose Friday. Police say he’s a heavy-set man who was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, a black jacket and a beanie.

One subway rider said the incident is alarming but not surprising.

“Scary, because that could be you,” she said. “You know, you’re standing there waiting to go wherever you’ve got to go and someone pushes you.”