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Young mother dies carrying pram down stairs at New York subway station


by Grace McGettigan
30th Jan 2019
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A young mother has died after falling down the stairs of a New York City subway station. She had been carrying her daughter’s pram, with the one-year-old strapped inside, at the time.

According to reports, the incident happened at 7th Avenue Station at 53rd Street on Monday night. Like many subway stations in the city, there is no lift here, and so Malaysia Goodson was forced to carry her baby’s pram down the steps instead.

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It seems she was found lying at the bottom of the stairs on the train platform, before being taken to Mt Sinai West hospital; where she was later pronounced dead. Malaysia’s daughter, Rhylee, was not seriously injured in the fall and is currently being cared for by family members.

Accessibility

Malaysia’s death has once again raised the issue of accessibility in New York’s subway stations. Only 24% of the city’s 472 subway stations are ranked as accessible, according to Scott Stringer, the New York City Comptroller.

He says it’s, “by far the lowest share among the country’s metropolitan rail systems”. This means 640,000 residents (including people with disabilities, parents with young children, and the elderly), have no access to their local rail system.

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Meanwhile, Shams Tarek, the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) spokesperson, said, “This is an absolutely heartbreaking incident. We know how important it is to improve accessibility in our system.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio added, “This is a heartbreaking tragedy that never should have happened. The subway system is not accessible for everyone and that’s an environment the MTA should not allow.”

Photo: Pexels.com

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