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Man Dies After Jumping In Front Of Subway Train While Holding 5-Year-Old Daughter

TW: mentions of death and injury to child. There is no doubt that the New York City subways system is a wonderful, yet dangerous thing. This week, a man jumped to his death in front of a running train with his five year old daughter in his arms.

According to a New York City Police Department official, the 45-year-old man, who is currently unidentified, was seen jumping in front of a Manhattan-bound No. 4 train at Kingsbridge Station shortly before 8 a.m, PEOPLE reported.

Witness to the horrific incident, Jennifer Hub told CBS2 “The man I saw jump had a little girl in his wrist, and in his arms. Next thing I know, he and her jumped."

It has been confirmed that he was indeed carrying his daughter in his arms who thankfully survived and is being treated at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

The Kingsbridge subway station is an elevated station in the West Bronx, meaning that it's above ground. Cell phone footage from others shows commuters helping pull the girl from the tracks and comforting her while waiting for emergency services.In addition, witnesses also say that the train conductor did try to stop as soon as he saw that man, but was unable to stop in time.

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“There was a man who in a heroic effort went down in the front of the tracks to see if the little girl was OK and he got her out and brought her up to us. And thank God above she is alright,” Hub told CBS2.

The two people who went on the tracks to help received medical treatment for life-threatening injuries.

At this point, it's not known what prompted the man to jump, and police are investigating his death as a suicide. The little girl’s mother met her at the hospital, CBS2 reports, and the child is expected to recover.

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If you or someone you know is thinking of  suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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