Jan. 18, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
A man was fatally struck by an F train at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station this morning after jumping onto the tracks.
According to police, the operator of a Jamaica-bound F train observed a man throw himself onto the tracks as the train approached the station at around 7:17 a.m.
The man, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead on arrival by EMS, an NYPD spokesperson said. No criminality is suspected.
An estimated 30 firefighters responded to the call as well, according to an FDNY spokesperson, to shut off power to the tracks and remove the person.
By 8:15 a.m. power on the tracks was back on, but New York City Transit took to Twitter to alert riders that the E and F trains would run on local tracks with delays in both directions in the interim.
The authority also warned straphangers of crowding conditions along the 7 line as a result, especially at the Roosevelt Avenue and Court Square stations. M and R lines were also hit with delays.
The MTA has initiated cross honoring of tickets on the LIRR for Woodside, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Jamaica stops.
“Our crews are working diligently with our emergency personnel to restore service as quickly as possible,” NYCT said on Twitter.