A woman stood helplessly trapped with her head wedged between New York City subway doors as passersby appeared to completely ignore her.
A video taken by a passenger across the platform from the woman was posted on Instagram showing the disturbing footage of a woman with her head and purse stuck in the partially closed train doors.
The video, taken by a passenger who apparently preferred to document the incident rather than help, was captioned: “If you thought you were having a bad day just be glad this isn’t you but I’m just trying to figure out why everybody walking past like nothing is happening.”
The woman reportedly attempted to exit the train Tuesday afternoon after she realized it had reached its last stop and was emptied of all passengers, according to the New York Post.
She became trapped as the doors closed before she could fully exit the subway car.
@barstoolsports Why tf isn’t she yelling??
— Cody Worrell (@cody_worrell) April 6, 2017
— Kimberly DeHoff (@KimberlyDehoff) April 6, 2017
Amazingly, many people can be seen in the video walking past the woman without checking on her. A Metropolitan Transportation Authority employee also walked by without stopping, but the agency clarified that the worker had informed the trapped passenger that they were working on getting the doors open.
“While this is an unfortunate incident, the passenger was able to get out safely with assistance from our train operator,” MTA spokeswoman Beth DeFalco said, according to the Post. “Because the doors were ajar, the train was never in danger of moving.”
According to officials, the woman was freed shortly after and did not need medical assistance.
The video, which has gone viral with more than 1.3 million views on Instagram, sparked an outcry on social media slamming the inaction of other passengers, including the person who caught the incident on video.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE TODAY? Riders & Cameraman ignore woman with head trapped between subway doors. https://t.co/wGPuRJAmSD
— US Citizen News (@US_Citizen_News) April 6, 2017
NYC…yeah real nice. You suck. Don’t go out your way and can you put the camera down and help the poor woman?! https://t.co/SD4lwlQPEQ
— Karen Dumers (@Wasclywabit) April 6, 2017
While some Twitter users dismissed the outrage, many more continued to slam the incident and the video.
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@DRUDGE_REPORT Disgusting! Shameful! Whatever happened to love thy neighbor? All those people? The person filming should have gotten up to help the woman!
— Ron Nelson, Jr. (@RonNelson77) April 6, 2017
@DRUDGE_REPORT ?wth is wrong with ppl. OMG
— Proud American??❤️ (@LovesAmerica10) April 6, 2017
@DRUDGE_REPORT More importantly what the hell is wrong with the person taping this and not helping. Seems staged
— SC52 (@schristian46) April 6, 2017
Ah… NY… https://t.co/ehuP9USZEl
— Jim Francis (@JamesLFrancis) April 6, 2017
@DRUDGE_REPORT Everyone has been desensitized to things is the proplem
— lori Brady (@loriBra16435608) April 6, 2017
@DRUDGE_REPORT Only way she’s gonna learn. Save your outrage, not like the train was moving. What’s some avg Joe citizen gonna do anyway?
— Lotus Broxton (@LotusBroxton) April 6, 2017
@DRUDGE_REPORT Surprise that no one stole her purse
— heather golden ?? (@codeezra) April 6, 2017
— BeachBumOCMD1 (@BeachBumOCMD1) April 6, 2017
@DRUDGE_REPORT Well if a man helped her he would be labelled a sexiest
— Biff Toplin (@manitobacorrupt) April 6, 2017
@IvanTheK NYC is Liberal Land…
— Cate Long (@cate_long) April 6, 2017
@DavidSchawel We need more upstanding; less bystanding.
— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) April 6, 2017
@nypmetro The liberal courts have created such a litigious society, that no one will help out of fear of a lawsuit.
— Bikram tweeter (@Rb26015nyc) April 6, 2017
— James C. L. (@James_C_L) April 6, 2017
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