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Woman killed after being shoved in front of train in New York City

A woman was killed Monday afternoon in Manhattan after she was pushed into the path of an oncoming subway train, police say.

The unidentified woman was killed instantly when she was struck by a southbound No. 1 train at around 1 p.m. EST, Reuters reports. Bystanders pointed out the suspect to police, and she was apprehended inside the station. Witnesses, many still in shock after what they saw, told officers the women were fighting on the platform before the shove occurred, and it's unclear if they knew each other. It took emergency workers hours to remove the woman's body, and Joseph Fox, chief of transit for the New York City Police Department, called what happened "tragic."

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says dozens of people are struck by trains every year, with most of the hits accidental. In 2015, a woman was convicted of fatally pushing a man in front of an approaching train; she was sentenced to 24 years.