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Things Took a Violent Turn on the Subway Today

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29:  Commuters wait for the subway August 29, 2011 in New York City. One day after Hurricane Irene hit New York the mass transit system, including subways and buses, began moving again in a limited capacity in time for Monday's rush hour.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

New Yorkers have been more focused on their fear of falling on the subway tracks recently, but today the biggest threat to straphangers was their fellow passengers. Around 12:40 p.m., a man was slashed in the arm and chest while arguing with another man on the platform at the 59th Street Station on Lexington Avenue. The attacker jumped on a City Hallbound 6 train and has yet to be caught. A few hours later, a conductor was punched on the Q train at the the Brighton Beach station and another conductor was attacked by a group of kids at the President Street station after asking them to quiet down. Thankfully the conductors' injuries weren't life-threatening, and the stabbing victim is expected to survive.

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Photo: Joe Raedle/2011 Getty Images