On Saturday, a young woman fell to her death on an escalator at the World Trade Center’s Oculus transportation hub trying to retrieve a dropped hat.
The 29-year-old New Jersey resident, Jennifer Santos, was riding the escalator with her twin sister Jessica at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning when her twin sister dropped a hat, according to a police report.
Sources told reporters that Jennifer fell over the rail of the escalator and plummeted about 30 feet to her death onto the main concourse, according to New York Daily News.
She was immediately rushed to Bellevue Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her twin sister was treated in the hospital for trauma, says the report.
Witnesses at the scene told The New York Post that Santos appeared to have died instantly upon hitting the white marble floor, and her twin sister was seen screaming and running over to her lifeless body.
“That was it. There was nothing you could do. She wasn’t going to make it. “There was a lot of blood, and the way she was laying…,” said a construction worker.
One worker saw the tragic incident and told reporters, “How sad is this? To lose your life over a hat. It’s unbelievable. A f*****g hat.” He claimed that Santos’ twin sister playfully threw the hat.
An investigation is currently ongoing.
The Oculus is located in the center of the striking $3.9 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub transportation hub and provides connections between New Jersey’s PATH trains and New York City’s subway system.
H/T: The New York Post
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