A straphanger was strangled early Sunday when his tee-shirt was pulled into an MTA escalator. Police responding to the Intervale Station on the No. 2 and 5 lines in the Longwood section of The Bronx found the man unconscious at the top of the escalator with part of his shirt caught in the mechanism and the neckline choking him. Officers cut off the shirt and medics rushed the man to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Officials identified the victim as Carlos Alvarez, 48, of The Bronx.
Surveillance video showed Alvarez attempting in vain to free himself, WPIX/Channel 11 reported. It was “an accident,” said one MTA worker who declined to give his name. “Somebody fell and went all the way up.”
Giovanni Fernandez, another witness, said passers-by tried to help Alvarez. “When I got off the train, I saw the guy stuck on the escalator. A lot of people were surrounding him,” Fernandez told reporters. “He was at the top. I saw the blood [near his head]. His head was split open. All you see is this guy sprawled face-down.”
“This is a tragic and unusual incident which is under investigation,” MTA spokesman Shams Terek commented. “Our thoughts are with this man’s family and friends.”
Source: Tina Moore and Ben Feuerhead, The New York Post, October 14, 2018.