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Wood Falls From Train, Pierces Windshield Of Motorist

The New York transit system, which consists of both subways and above ground trains, is the busiest in the United States. In 2016, 5.7 million people rode the subway on the average weekday. This makes the New York subway system the 7th busiest in the world. However, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, is struggling to keep trains running on time with ancient signals and 900 incidents in 2018 alone of people being on or near the tracks. Another thing that the MTA is struggling with is crumbling infrastructure; the Gothamist reports on a piece of wood falling from the 7 line and piercing a truck’s windshield.

The incident happened on February 27th as the driver sat beneath the tracks at 65th and Roosevelt in Woodside today. The piece of wood pierced the passenger side of the vehicle’s windshield.

Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident. Had it been just moments before, the driver would have had a passenger. Just before the falling piece of wood struck his truck, he had dropped someone off at Jollibee.

City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer called for the MTA to make an immediate investigation of the “crumbling subway infrastructure” before someone is seriously injured.

Further, transit reporter Aaron Gordon said that a source informed him that the piece of wood was from the girders that support the tracks, and not the tracks or the trackbed itself. The tracks were determined to be safe for use.

The MTA is making a full investigation, but preliminary findings indicate that the piece of wood was from a worker or supply platform that had been installed beneath the tracks years ago.

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