A MUM has died after falling down the stairs on the New York subway while holding her daughter in a stroller.
Malaysia Goodson, 22, was found unconscious on the southbound platform inside the Seventh Avenue B D E station subway station in midtown at around 8 p.m.
Her one-year-old daughter Rhylee, her only child, was found conscious and unhurt at the scene, NBC reports.
According to her family, Malaysia worked at a day care centre in her home town of Stamford, Connecticut and was visiting a cousin in New York.
Her brother Dieshe Goodson told ABC News that his little sister was like a twin and that she “died trying to protect her baby”.
The 23-year-old said his sister was the youngest of four siblings and “always watched out for people”.
“She was very protective. I’m going to be honest, I don’t know what to do. She was my best friend.”
Her mother Tamika Goodson added: “At this point. I’m just in shock.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: “This is a heartbreaking tragedy that never should have happened.
“The subway system is not accessible for everyone and that’s an environment the MTA should not allow.”
She was my best friend.
Only about a quarter of New York City’s 472 subway stations have elevators, and the elevators that do exist are often out of service.
Shams Tarek, an MTA spokesman, said the Seventh Avenue B-D-E station where Goodson fell does have escalators.
Parents and others who ride the subways with young children become adept at carrying a stroller and child up and down the stairs, often relying on fellow passengers for help.
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“The lack of accessibility in our subways is literally killing people,” New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson tweeted.
Andy Byford, who was appointed the MTA’s head of the subway last year after running the Toronto Transit Commission, has set a goal of adding more elevators.
In a statement the MTA said “this is an absolutely heartbreaking incident” which it is investigation along with the NYPD and the medical examiner.
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