The incident happened at the 34th Street and Seventh Avenue Penn Station stop, just blocks away from New Year’s Eve revelers in Times Square. The New York Daily News reports that she was not pushed, but climbed down to the tracks by herself.
A police source told the newspaper that she walked down a flight of service stairs to the track bed at about 5:20 a.m.
She then apparently laid down on the tracks at the mouth of the tunnel just as a northbound No. 2 train rolled into the station and struck her.
Emergency crews quickly responded but the woman was already dead.
Police have not released the name of the woman, but reports suggest that she might have been intoxicated.