Woman injured after being shoved onto subway tracks in Bronx

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
54-year-old woman pushed onto subway tracks
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Marcus Solis reports on the attack on a subway platform in the Bronx.

BRONX (WABC) -- A woman was shoved onto the subway tracks at a Bronx subway station Tuesday morning.

The 54-year-old Rosa Galeas was walking on the northbound 2 and 5 platform at the 174 Street Station when she was approached by another woman shortly before 8 a.m.

She says she didn't fall after the first shove, but as Galeas tried to steady herself, the woman pushed her again -- this time Galeas fell onto the tracks and bruised her hands and her side.

The suspect then ran away.

Galeas says she reached up and could see the next train coming. A good Samaritan lifted her back onto the platform.

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She was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital to be treated for her injuries. She was listed in stable condition.

The incident is the latest in a troubling string of shoving incidents that date back to last fall.

There have been five this year, a trend the police commissioner has called disturbing.

The mayor on Tuesday insisted the subway is safer than years ago despite the recent uptick in crime.

But for commuters like Galeas, Tuesday's incident was a nightmare come true.

"I always have that fear-that someone could hurt me," she said.

New York City Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg released a statement on Tuesday:

"How many more times can we say this? While we appreciate the partnership of the NYPD and our own police, these kinds of unprovoked attacks tend to have mental illness as the root cause. The city simply has to do more -- and quickly," she said.

Police have shown Galeas video of the incident as they try and identify the suspect described as a white woman, approximately 25 years old, wearing yellow pants and a black jacket.

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