MTA Track Supervisor Killed by Third Rail

Monday, April 26, 2010

An MTA track worker was killed this morning in Far Rockaway, Queens after coming into contact with the electrified third rail along the A line.

James Knell, 45, was a track supervisor for the past nine years and a New York City transit employee for 13. He was part of a crew putting tracks back in service after weekend rehab work was completed at the Beach 90th Street station.

NYC Transit President Thomas Prendergast says it was the first work-related employee fatality in the subway system in three years.

The transit agency is investigating the cause and looking into ways to prevent its recurrence.

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