Woman Trapped Under NY Subway for 20 Minutes, Escapes With Minor Injuries

January 12, 2018 Updated: January 12, 2018

A 22-year-old law student was trapped beneath a subway train in New York City for 20 minutes, with photos of the incident going viral.

Rikke Bukh, 22, fell into the path of a train in Brooklyn at the Bedford Avenue station in Williamsburg on Thursday morning, Jan. 11, the New York Post reported.

“Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Did I hit her?” the L-train operator said, the paper reported.

Bukh survived the fall as she landed between the train and the platform wall.

“Keep talking to me. You’ll be all right,” the train operator told her.

Photos then showed a worker at the station reaching down and grabbing her hand.

“Many people were saying, ‘Oh my god,’ and leaning over looking to see [if Bukh survived],” said rider Liam La Guerre. “It was pretty scary and nerve-wracking,” he said. “It’s the biggest fear that every New Yorker has.”

Sources told the paper that Bukh is originally from Denmark, and she had moved to Brooklyn in July. They said that she became dizzy and lost her balance.

“She just stumbled off sideways,” said one person who saw the incident. “The train stopped, and she was underneath it,” he said. “It was a terrifying thing to witness. You consider, oh my God, did I just watch somebody die?”

“She didn’t seem aware that she was going to fall,” another witness told NBC New York. “She just sort of walked and went straight down.”

Officials were able to remove the woman about 20 minutes later. They then placed her on a stretcher and took her to the hospital.

Fire officials told NBC that she had minor injuries.


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