MTA Worker Burned After Train Collides with Signal Box

By Mary Johnson on July 11, 2012 10:34pm 

An MTA worker suffered burns after a train collided with an open signal box near the West 72nd Street subway station.
An MTA worker suffered burns after a train collided with an open signal box near the West 72nd Street subway station.
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MANHATTAN — An MTA worker suffered burns after a train hit an open signal box near the 72nd Street subway station on Manhattan’s west side, an MTA spokesman said.

The incident occurred just after 8 p.m., when a train pulling out of the station near West 72nd Street and Broadway hit a signal box that had been left open, the spokesman said.

The worker maintaining the signals at that location suffered burns and was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, he added.

It was not immediately clear what exactly caused the burns or how severe those injuries were.

The incident also caused signal problems that suspended service on the 1, 2 and 3 subway lines between West 42nd Street and West 96th Street until about 9:30 p.m., the spokesman said.

That service has since been restored, with some residual delays, he added.

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