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Woman Struck By 1 Train In Critical Condition; Nine Straphangers Hit By NYC Trains In Six Days

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NYC SUBWAY ACCIDENTS
A police officer and medical examiner personnel carry a body out of a Times Square subway station in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Authorities say a man has died after he was struck by a subway train in Times Square. Witnesses told police that the man jumped into the train’s path. Transit spokeswoman Judie Glave says the incident around 10 a.m. Tuesday involved a No. 2 train. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) | AP

An unidentified woman was struck by an oncoming southbound 1 train in Washington Heights on Monday.

The woman, believed to be in her 60's, was hit at the 157th Street station around 1PM.

She was taken to Harlem Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

As Gothamist notes, two people were struck by trains Monday, and even more startling, nine straphangers have been struck by a New York City train in the past six days. Three of those hit by the trains died. One man lost his legs.

On Friday, a man was also hit by a Southbound 1 train. Witnesses say the man was on his way to work on the Upper West Side and may have been attempting to cross between cars when he fell into the tracks.

In January, one person was killed, another injured in separate accidents at the same subway station, on the same day.

While subway falls are fairly common in New York City, a recent wave of fatalities, specifically two incidents in which subway riders were pushed to death, have renewed the topic of subway safety.

The city's public transit union started a campaign using bloody metrocard fliers, urging the MTA to begin slowing down trains when approaching stations.

The MTA admits there is no comprehensive contingency plan for when a rider falls into the tracks.

But following the high-profile subway deaths in recent months, the cash-strapped agency is said to be considering the installation of sliding doors at one L train as a trial.

MTA chief Thomas Prendergast also announced a new technology that would alert officials if someone has fallen onto the tracks.

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