A 12-year-old autistic boy was struck by a downtown train Tuesday, July 9, in Manhattan, police sources said.
The incident was reported at the 1 train Dyckman Street subway station in Inwood around 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The boy suffered a serious injury to his leg and may need to have a foot amputated, but was conscious and alert when he was taken to Columbia University Medical Center, according to authorities.
Police said the boy frequently runs away from unfamiliar people. He separated himself from his new caretaker before going onto the subway tracks as a southbound No. 1 train was approaching. Police were still looking into how he ended up on the tracks.
Harry Mandel posted on Facebook just after 4:30 p.m., Mandel wrote: “12-year-old Nathan is missing… Nathan is wearing a yellow shirt and drawstring shorts. Other possible places he likes are twin doughnuts Colombia (at) 218 boathouse at 218 and McDonald’s at 207.”
Minutes later, Mandel added, ” Nathan has been found.” then “His mom said he is in the hospital.”
Service on the 1-line was suspended for a short while after the time of the accident and restored in both directions just after 5:30 p.m, the MTA said.