MOUNT EDEN, the Bronx— A man suffered a “severe” leg injury when pushed in front of a Bronx train Wednesday morning, prompting a search for the person who shoved him and delays for commuters taking the B and D trains, according to police.
A man jumped a turnstile at the 170 Street station around 7 a.m., then reappeared some 5 minutes later before quickly leaving the scene, a witness told police.
In that time frame, the victim, 43, had been pushed in front of a moving train, witnesses recounted to police, who initially said the victim was 21 years old.
The train operator saw the man falling and immediately pulled the emergency break, but the man’s leg was struck. Police earlier said they did not believe the man was struck, but rather, was injured during the fall.
He suffered a “severe” leg injury, and is now hospitalized.
As the accused perpetrator fled the station, onlookers were heard screaming “that’s him,” a witness told police.
The two men were not seen arguing before the incident, and police are investigating a motive, as well as searching for the perpetrator.
A description was not provided, but police said they are reviewing surveillance footage and are “confident” he will be found. Late Wednesday, the NYPD released a photo of the culprit.
Service was temporarily suspended on the B train between the Bedford Park station in the Bronx and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, and no D trains ran between 145 Street in Manhattan and 205 Street in the Bronx, due to NYPD activity at 170 Street, NYCT tweeted just after 7 a.m.
Trains resumed service within the hour, but bypassed the 170 Street station.