An MTA worker lost his foot and had his other leg “shattered” Monday after being struck by an oncoming train in Manhattan, his union said.
The signal maintainer was hit by an in-service Q train on the northbound express track in the vicinity of the 8th Street-NYU station shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, according to an internal report to the Transit Authority’s Rail Control Center.
A representative for the MTA said the signal helper was part of a work crew at the location. The train operator saw the injured worker walking with his back to the train moments before the collision, according to the RCC report.
The 5-year MTA vet was rushed to the hospital with significant injuries, though the MTA declined to specify. One source said the man lost his left leg, broke his right leg in three places and also sustained severe back injuries. He is just 26 years old, union officials said.
“This tragic accident is under investigation, but it highlights just how dangerous this job can be,” TWU Local 100 Maintenance of Way President John Chiarello said in a statement. “Transit workers are out on the system 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making repairs and inspections to keep NY moving.”
Service through the area on N, R, and Q trains went dark for 33 minutes after power was cut on the scene, the MTA said. New York City Transit’s Office of System Safety will investigate the cause of the collision.
“EMS responded and took the injured employee to Bellevue,” the spokesman said. “There was a work crew at that location. We’re looking into what happened.”