A woman was forced to drop her trousers in the middle of a packed rush hour subway train when a rat ran up her trouser leg.
Vargas, 40, was sitting in the train at 7.50am as it approached New
York's Columbus Circle station when the terrifying rodent suddenly
crawled up her leg.
The hotel supervisor said she initially thought it was her trousers moving until she realised she was being attacked.
'I was shaking, but nothing was coming out . . . I had to pull my pants down in front of everyone on the train.'Thankfully, Mrs Vargas' blushes were saved when three men tried to shield her from flashing people in the carriage.
'I grabbed his head, because he was scratching me, she said. 'I didn’t want it to bite.'
the train stopped, Mrs Vargas - who works at the Doubletree by Hilton
Hotel - dropped the rat and ran for help in a state of shock.She describes being extremely nervous and was shaking and shivering following the incident on Friday.
Police officers were called to the scene along with paramedics who took her to the Roosevelt Hospital.
She was treated by doctors for scratches to her thigh and leg. She also described feeling a burning sensation.
Mrs Vargas was given a Tetanus shot before being released from the hospital.
rat could not be found after the incident, which has left Mrs Vargas
traumatised and fearful about using the subway to get to work every day.
Following the rat attack, extra inspections have been carried out on the subway network.
The MTA - which manages the subways - said it regularly cleaned subway cars and platforms which could attract rodents.
The agency also said passengers can help by not eating food in the subways and throwing litter in rubbish bins.
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