MANHATTAN — A New Jersey woman plunged to her death early Saturday morning at the World Trade Center’s famous Oculus after she fell over the side of an escalator, authorities said.

Port Authority police responded to the incident at 5:30 a.m. after the 29-year-old woman had fallen from the escalator to the main concourse, said agency spokesman Joseph Pentangelo.

The woman, whom Pentangelo only identified as living in Hudson County, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where she was pronounced dead, he said.

Citing the need to notify next of kin, Pentangelo said he could not release the name or hometown of the woman or details of her death.

But sources close to the investigation identified the woman as Jenny Santos of Kearny and told NJ Advance Media she fell as she reached for a hat that her twin sister had dropped.

The Oculus, designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, was built to replace the NJ Path terminal destroyed in the World Trade Center attacks. Shaped  like a bird’s wings, the transportation hub also has links to 11 subway lines.

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