MTA Track Supervisor Killed by Third Rail

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.