Teaneck Rowing Coach Dies After Falling From World Trade Center Escalator

TEANECK, N.J. — Jenny Santos, who fell to her death off the World Trade Center Oculus Saturday, was an assistant coach at the Teaneck-based Bergen County Rowing Academy (BCRA), Eyewitness News reported.

Jenny Santos.
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Santos, 29, fell more than 30 feet to her death from a top-tier escalator when trying to grab her twin sister’s hat, according to the news report.

The Kearny native, a physical education teacher, joined the coaching staff of BCRA last spring, according to the academy website.

The academy’s boat pen is in the Teaneck section of Overpeck County Park.

Coach Clemens Reinke of the academy told Eyewitness News that Santos was coaching its winter team as recently as Friday and that a boat will be named after her.

According to the academy website, Santos rowed for the Passaic River Rowing Association, a Lyndhurst rowing club, in 2009 when she was in college.

To read the whole Eyewitness News report on the tragedy, CLICK HERE.

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