2006_12_aveu.jpgA 20-year veteran transit worker was clipped by a Q train yesterday around noon. Fifty-five year old Yakov Tesenter was near the Avenue U stop in Brooklyn on the Q. He was part of a team inspecting switches for repair, when he somehow got separated from the group. amNY reports that investigators are looking into whether the "flag man, who alerts oncoming trains that work crews are present," was at his post.

Tesenter is in critical condition, with injuries to his head, shoulder, ribs, pelvis and legs. Transit Workers Union President Roger Toussaint said the TWU's prayers were with the family, "This guy is pretty broken up. It shows the types of sacrifices transit workers endure everyday to keep the trains moving."