Subway delays plagued the Tuesday morning commute after a man who allegedly stole a 13-year-old boy's cellphone attempted to flee in a subway tunnel but was struck by a train.
The unidentified subway rider who ended up on the tracks was struck by an R train near the 65thStreet station in Woodside around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, officials said to the New York Daily News.
Before being hit by a train, the man allegedly snatched a boy’s cellphone, which started a fight with another customer on the platform at the Northern Boulevard station. After the man allegedly tried to flee by running into a tunnel, M and R service was rerouted, but an F train apparently sideswiped the man, theMTAreported.
New York City Nightmares...are frequent. Train Delays. pic.twitter.com/iKu9apLbyK— Roberto Betancourth (@Roberto_rwb1972) April 5, 2016
Power was removed from all tracks while authorities responded to the wounded man, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the MTA added. The removal of power compounded the already disrupted train service in the area.
Because of the incident, E, F, M and R train service was canceled before resuming with delays,ABC7added in a related report.
The man who was hit appeared to have a bloody face while being taken to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment, witnesses and an FDNY spokesman said to the Daily News.