Woman narrowly escapes electrocution after falling under train during rush hour

Authorities are working to establish how the woman slipped through such a small space and became trapped

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A dramatic rescue has taken place after a woman fell under a train during rush hour traffic.

An unnamed 65 year old woman fell on to Long Island Rail Road tracks after slipping through the gap between the train and the platform and dropping six feet onto the tracks below. The incident took place at around 5:45pm on Thursday.

An eyewitness told ABC7: “All of a sudden, everyone started screaming, and there was a woman down there laying on the ground… looked like there was some blood.”

It is not known how the woman managed to slip between the narrow gap. It was feared that the woman might be electrocuted if she touched the live track and so staff worked to cut of power supply to the area.

Eye witness Ryan Sprotte shared an image of the woman's horrifying ordeal.

Fire fighters were called to the scene and discovered that the space was too small for the woman to be cut out. Instead, she was placed on a backboard and slid underneath the train to safety.

The woman was not injured.

In March of this year, a young woman was pushed under a tube in the London Underground during rush hour traffic. Emergency services had to jack up the train carriage in order to remove the woman by stretcher. She was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.