Woman with baby dies after falling down NYC subway stairs

New York City subway stairs. Source

New York City subway stairs. Source

A young mother has died after falling down stairs at a Manhattan subway station while holding her 1-year-old daughter.

Malaysia Goodson, a daycare worker from Stamford, Connecticut, was carrying her daughter Rhylee and her stroller down the stairs at the 7th Avenue/53rd Street station in Midtown on Monday when she tumbled down the steps, WNBC reports.

They said it's unclear if she had some sort of medical episode or slipped, and her family said they're not sure either, NBC reported.

The medical examiner will determine if the fall or an underlying medical condition was to blame.

The 22-year-old Stamford mother was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. "I don't know what to do". She was my best friend, ' Dieshe Goodson, 23, told ABC. Her child sustained minor injuries. "They need the help", Frost told CBS New York.

"You could tell she was very protective", he continued.

The New York Times reports only a quarter of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's stations have elevators.

There is no elevator at the 7th Ave. and 53rd st. station and the only escalator goes up not down.

NY officials including city Mayor Bill de Blasio took to social media after Malaysia Goodson's death.

The MTA has pledged to make 50 more stations accessible by 2023, but this falls far short of complete accessibility. The few elevators sprinkled throughout the system are frequently out of service, hard to access, undersized or otherwise noxious, leaving disabled city residents at the mercy of city buses or the dysfunctional Access-a-Ride system, which can involve hours-long waits and no-shows.

Corey Johnson, the NYC Council Speaker, wrote, "The lack of accessibility in our subways is literally killing people".

The incident has again raised the issue of accessibility on the city's subway.

A GoFundMe page has been started to set up an educational fund for her daughter.

Mayor de Blasio issued a statement about the matter.

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