The NYC Transit Authority continued its investigation of Sunday's fatal accident involving a track worker and an oncoming G train. "Non-essential" track work has been suspended as the agency looks at its safety protocol. NYC Transit Authority president Howard Roberts suggested work should have been suspended earlier, given that another transit worker was killed last week, "If I had any idea we would be here this afternoon on this subject, clearly we would have started the process we are in now last week."
A Transit Workers Union official tells the Daily News that Marvin Franklin and Jeffrey Hill were asked by a supervisor to move a dolly from the the other side of the tracks at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station. Although the A and C lines were suspended, the G train was still active, and Franklin was hit by an oncoming train:
One union official said the supervisor also was pitching in with manual labor while trying to keep an eye out for any approaching trains. A transit source said the workers should have stayed off the tracks, and the supervisor should have stopped them.
Yesterday's NY Times article reported that the dolly could have been transported in a more circuitous route without going across active tracks.
At the funeral of Daniel Boggs, who was killed by a southbound 3 train at Columbus Circle, a transit worker spoke out about the conditions in which they work. Percival Thomas told the Post, "We need more communications between the departments. Give us radios! We work in one of the most dangerous situations in the city. But the public does not realize it." Which makes us realize that we always thought they did have radios.
Photograph of a track worker on the tracks in Brooklyn by NYCViaRachel on Flickr