(New York, New York – June 1, 2011)
A 21-year-old medical student from Ghana was killed around 3:00 P.M. Wednesday when she was virtually cut in half by a MTA subway train after she passed out and fell onto the railroad tracks.
Fatoumata Binta Amina Diallo, a resident of The Bronx, NY, was returning from a dental appointment and was standing on the 77th Street/Lexington Avenue station platform when she was affected by the intense heat and fell into the path of the #6 train. She recovered and attempted to move off the tracks and onto the double track median, but failed, was struck, and died.
The outside temperature was a sweltering 90 degrees, but the heat and humidity factors made it feel like 102 degrees according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Pigott. Witness Amber Shanks, 19, also of The Bronx, said “It’s extremely hot down here. It’s not safe.”