It is believed several TV networks are among those willing to spend major dollars securing an exclusive interview with the woman named Mary Downey, though some Irish in The Bronx believe that name may be an alias because she may not have had health insurance.
The woman named as Mary Downey spent the Sunday night after the accident in a friend’s three bedroom apartment on Katonah Avenue in the Bronx. She was lying on the couch and recovering from a broken collarbone after her miracle escape.
Time Magazine, CBS News, ABC and many other major outlets were reporting on the amazing story of how she survived three trains rolling over her.
Media gathered outside the apartment all day Monday, but the woman made no appearance.
She had reportedly been drinking when she staggered onto the tracks at 49th Street and 7th Avenue at 6am Sunday (Jun 30, 2014). She broke her shoulder during the fall and was unable to climb from the tracks.
She was unnoticed by the subway operators until the third train passed through the station and somehow she survived unscathed.
She fell on to the tracks as a north-bound N train approached the station.
The young woman then managed to roll between the tracks and platform.
FDNY Battalion Chief Mike Meyers told The New York Post, “She was lucky enough to have, it looks like to us, rolled to the platform and was in between the platform and the train when the train came into the station.”
Immobilized, but conscious, she continued to lie there helplessness as another train pulled into the station. She was not discovered until the operator of the third train spotted her. The operator said he thought it was a piece of trash reflecting, but it was actually Downey waving for help. By the time he managed to halt the train the third carriage had passed over her.
By this time 24 train carriages had driven over her.
Paramedics aided in removing Downey from the tracks. She was covered in soot and strapped to a gurney when she was brought to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.
A friend told the Post, “She’s doing really well…She just fractured her shoulder.”
She was seen being wheeled from the hospital flanked by her friends crying as she was taken homr by cab.
Here’s a local news report on her narrow escape: