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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Man dies jumping off Henry Hudson Bridge

By Shant Shahrigian
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A man jumped off the Henry Hudson Bridge and died near the Spuyten Duyvil train station in an apparent suicide on Tuesday morning, according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).

MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said the unidentified man’s death caused the Metro-North line to halt service between about 9:45 and 10:25 a.m — near the tail end of the morning rush hour. She added that four trains at various points along the line were stopped in their tracks, with residual delays for roughly the next hour.

MTA spokeswoman Judie Glave said authorities became aware of the situation when an officer for the MTA’s Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority noticed an abandoned car with New York plates in the far right, northbound lane of the Henry Hudson Expressway near the exit to Kappock Street.

After the officer reportedly found a suicide note in the vehicle, MTA and police authorities did a search of the area, eventually finding the man’s body underneath the platform of the Spuytne Duyvil station.

Ms. Glave said authorities successfully identified the man, but did not release his name because his family was yet to be notified as of press time. Medical personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

She added that data on the number of suicides involving the Henry Hudson Bridge were not available, but said they happen very rarely.

“It’s been known to happen, but it’s not frequent,” Ms. Glave said.

The MTA spokeswomen said they did not know the content’s of the letter found in the abandoned car.

The suicide came a day after a Metro-North employee working on tracks in Harlem died when a train hit him, according to reports.

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