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Subway accidents in Elmhurst and Kew Gardens kill one, leave another injured

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An intoxicated man was left in serious condition in an Elmhurst subway station on Monday after trying to board the train in between cars, according to FDNY.

According an MTA spokesperson, the incident happened at around 3:25 p.m. on the Brooklyn-bound R train platform at Woodhaven Boulevard.

A frightened commuter who witnessed the scene said she became aware that something was wrong after hearing screams when the train slammed its brakes to stop. She said she feared the worst because the man was not moving and positioned between the gap of the train and the platform when she saw him.

“It was terrifying seeing that,” said the woman, who preferred to remain anonymous. “I never witnessed anything like that.”

FDNY said the unidentified man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in serious condition.

Another commuter also suffered a serious accident on the subway system a few hours later in Kew Gardens, this time with a tragic ending.

As first reported by DNAinfo, an unidentified man died after being dragged by a subway car along a platform of the Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike station.

NYPD said that the victim — a white male in his 60s — was trying to board a Brooklyn-bound F train when the doors closed on him at around 6:45 p.m.

According to authorities, he was taken to Jamaica Hospital after sustaining a head trauma and was later pronounced dead.

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