A FATHER has died after jumping in front of an oncoming subway train while holding his five-year-old daughter in an attempt to take his own life.
The child escaped with injuries from the incident which shocked onlookers in front of the No. 4 train in the Bronx, New York, on Monday morning.
The unidentified man jumped onto the tracks around 8am at the elevated Kingsbridge Road station in the Kingsbridge Heights area, authorities said.
The 45-year-old man, whose identity has not been yet released, leaped in front of a southbound train with his daughter in his arms before horrified onlookers.
Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the scene, while his daughter was rushed to New York’s Jacobi Medical Center with minor injuries.
The child’s mother met the girl at the hospital, police sources said.
Witness Jennifer Hub, 40, said the father “had the child in his arms when he jumped on the tracks as the train was coming.”
Ms Hub, a mother-of-four, said that she was headed home after dropping her six-year-old off at school when the grisly incident unfolded.
“There was at least 20, 30 people screaming” Ms Hub said.
She added: “I watched as that train came around that corner and I saw as the man jumped and I see the little feet hanging out.”
Two Good Samaritans suffered minor injuries when they jumped down onto the tracks and tried to help the little girl after the train had come to a stop, police said.
“My theory is that the little girl was under the train and small enough she could roll because she only has a few abrasions on her forehead and arm,” Hub said.
Hub said it “hurt her as a mother” to witness the incident.
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“I have a 6-year-old, a 12-year-old, a 14-year-old, a 22-year-old,” she said.
Police said the two Good Samaritans were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital for treatment.
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A version of this story originally appeared on New York Post.
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