A father jumped in front of an oncoming No. 4 train in the Bronx holding his backpack-wearing 5-year-old daughter Monday morning in a suicide attempt, killing himself and injuring the child, police and witnesses said.
The incident happened around 8 a.m. at the elevated Kingsbridge Road station in the Kingsbridge Heights section of the borough, authorities said.
The 45-year-old man, whose identity was not immediately released, leaped in front of a southbound train with his daughter in his arms before horrified straphangers.
Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the scene, while his daughter was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center with minor injuries.
The child’s mother met the girl at the hospital, police sources said.
Witness Jennifer Hub, 40, said the father “had the child in his arms when he jumped on the tracks as the train was coming.”
Hub, a mother of four, said she was headed home after dropping her 6-year-old off at school when the grisly incident unfolded.
“There was at least 20, 30 people screaming” and trying to signal for the train to stop, Hub said, adding, “I watched as that train came around that corner and I saw as the man jumped and I see the little feet hanging out.”
Two good Samaritans suffered minor injuries when they jumped down onto the tracks and tried to help the little girl after the train had come to a stop, police said.
“My theory is that the little girl was under the train and small enough she could roll because she only has a few abrasions on her forehead and arm,” Hub said.
Hub said it “hurt me as a mother” to witness the incident.
“I have a 6-year-old, a 12-year-old, a 14-year-old, a 22-year-old,” she said.
Police said the two good Samaritans were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital for treatment.