2012-05-31 / Front Page

Woman slips in gap between train, platform

Injured, but lucky to be alive
Eric Gross

A Mahopac woman is lucky to be alive after slipping through a space between a railroad platform and a moving train at the Southeast Metro North station.

The bizarre incident occurred Friday evening before dozens of horrified commuters.

Railroad spokeswoman Marjorie Anders identified the victim as Lucy Giantino, 53.

Authorities said a northbound train arrived and dozens of passengers exited.

 Anders said other passengers including Giantino were on the platform waiting for a southbound train: "The woman was seated on a bench wearing earphones when the train arrived and emptied its passengers. The doors closed and the train made a reverse move to enter the nearby Brewster North yards. Thinking she just missed her train, Ms. Giantino jumped up and ran to the train and began pounding on the door as the train continued to gain speed. As the woman was running alongside the car, she slipped and fell between the platform and the train. Although her lower leg and foot were severely injured, it was miraculous that she wasn't killed."

MTA Police were summoned along with Brewster State Police and Putnam County Sheriff's Department personnel.

Brewster FD Rescue Squad EMT's and a paramedic from the TransCare Ambulance Service stabilized the victim at the scene before rushing her to Danbury Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery and was admitted.

The railroad was forced to turn off power on the tracks resulting in the delay of four northbound trains with hundreds of commuters arriving home late for the start of the weekend.


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