Tragedy befell a Chinese woman in New York after she fainted and fell onto the subway tracks at the Lexington Avenue and East 51st Street station on Wednesday.
The woman, identified as 25-year-old Sophie Yu, was waiting for a southbound 6 subway train when she suddenly collapsed near the platform edge, falling straight into the train’s path.
While the train’s motorman was able to put on the brakes, it was already too late, New York Daily News reports.
According to eyewitnesses, Yu got trapped underneath after she was run over. She reportedly regained consciousness only when the emergency workers were rescuing her. While she survived, the damage she sustained forced the doctors to amputate her right arm and leg.
Yu, who reportedly lived in both Birmingham, Alabama, and Tennessee, recently moved to New York where she is currently residing. As of press time, Yu’s family are traveling from China to be with her at the hospital.
“Her family is devastated,” a friend was quoted as saying. “There’s a lot of stuff they need to figure out right now… She’s going to have a lot to go through.”
“I’m not sure how much her (parents) know,” said the friend. “We are all supporting her, and I think that’s all she needs right now.”