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Police: Man killed by train was pushed onto tracks

November 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A man standing with his wife on a subway platform was pushed onto the tracks Sunday morning by another man and was struck and killed by an oncoming train, police said. The assailant fled.

Police said an unidentified man pushed 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok off the platform at a station in the Bronx, an act that appeared to be unprovoked. Kwok was struck by a southbound train at around 8:40 a.m. and pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was not injured.

There was no indication that Kwok knew the man or had had an altercation with him before he was pushed, police said. Witnesses told police they believed the man fled the subway station after shoving Kwok and jumped on a city bus.

There have been three other incidents in recent years that involved a person being pushed onto the tracks.

In April 2013, a train ran over a man desperately clawing at a Manhattan subway platform after being pushed onto the tracks by a homeless suspect with whom he’d been arguing.

In December 2012, another homeless man was arrested for pushing a Queens man in front of a Times Square train that fatally crushed him.

And later the same month, a mumbling woman pushed a man to his death in front of a subway train in Queens.

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