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Man Who Died After Being Dragged By 7 Train at Grand Central Was Area Resident: NYPD

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Feb. 21, 2019  By Meghan Sackman

The man who was fatally dragged by a moving 7 train at Grand Central Station earlier this week was an area resident, according to police.

The 39-year-old victim, whose name has yet to be publicly released, died after he was dragged by a Queens-bound train at the station just before 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, according to police. An NYPD spokesperson said the victim lived in Jackson Heights.

Despite authorities withholding his identity and listing his residence in Jackson Heights, the New York Times identified the victim as Vicente Alatorre, of Corona, according to information obtained from his brother, who had spoken to the medical examiner’s office.

Police said a witness saw the victim walking down the 7 train platform on the yellow line, very close to the edge. The train then made contact with him, and he was dragged into the tunnel, where he was found “unconscious and unresponsive with severe trauma to the body” by authorities.

EMS pronounced him dead at the scene, and the medical examiner is working to determine the cause of death.

It is unclear how the incident transpired, according to reports, which initially stated that the victim’s bag or clothing was caught by the train.

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Jared Philibert

I’ve always been absolutely terrified of the Grand Central 7 train platform. It feels so much deeper and claustrophobic than other platforms. Once I had to catch the train there very late at night, and oh my gosh…. Waiting alone down there for over an hour while a hundred florescent tube lights loudly buzzed and snapped overhead was enough to scare the living daylight out of me. Now there is yet another reason why I will continue avoiding this platform at all costs.

silent majority

The scary thing is we have all done this and its very dangerous. A horrible way to go. RIP

JHeights my whole life

Rest in Peace brother. Your trip home became your trip home. You are loved and remembered.


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