New York Daily News: BROOKLYN, By Clayton Guse – A woman believed to be homeless was found dead aboard a subway train in Brooklyn Thursday morning, the latest in a surge of destitute New Yorkers found deceased aboard subway trains and in stations.
Police said the woman appeared to be in her 30s and was found on a southbound No. 2 train at Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center around 7:15am. Photos from the scene show her dressed in pajama bottoms surrounded by trash.
No criminality was suspected in her death, and her body was taken away by the city Medical Examiner for further investigation, according to police.
Another rider was also found unresponsive on the same train car, but was resuscitated and taken to Methodist Hospital, according to an FDNY spokesperson.
Some local trains that stop at the busy Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station were moved to express tracks while the woman’s body was removed and the train was taken out of service.
The woman found dead Thursday was at least the eighth person believed to be homeless to pass away on a subway train or platform this year, a major spike from the same period of 2021, when MTA data shows just two similar incidents.
At least six people believed to be homeless dropped dead in the subways this year, the Daily News reported.
The only one of those identified by police was Audrey Lumer, who was found dead in the 21st St.-Van Alst station on the G line February 9, about four years after she was evicted from her home.
Lumer’s relatives said she struggled with mental illness. Homelessness exacerbates the struggles of mentally ill people, their advocates say.
Police said a man in his 50s without any ID who was also believed to be homeless was found dead at the northern terminus of the No 2 line at 241st St last Friday around 10:40pm.
The NYPD has not yet made contact with his family or released his name, a department spokesperson said.
Clayton Guse is the transit reporter at the Daily News.
Top Feature Photo: A woman was pronounced dead on scene after she was found unconscious and unresponsive Thursday aboard a southbound No 2 train at the Atlantic Avenue subway station in Brooklyn – Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News