Transit Worker Fatally Struck by a Train in Queens
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER
Published: April 24, 2013
A transit worker was struck and killed by a train in Astoria, Queens, early Wednesday morning, the authorities said.
Shortly before 3:30 a.m., the worker, Louis Moore, 58, was hit by a northbound E train near 46th Street and Broadway. He died at the scene, the police said.
John Samuelsen, the president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, said that Mr. Moore worked as a signal maintainer. According to a colleague on the scene, the union said, Mr. Moore lost his footing while on a ladder to the platform before falling into the path of the train. Mr. Moore had worked at the authority for eight years, Mr. Samuelsen said.
At a meeting of the authority’s board on Wednesday morning, Fernando Ferrer, the authority’s acting chairman, said that an investigation into the circumstances of the death was underway.
The last time a transit employee was killed on the job was 2010, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, when a maintenance supervisor fell onto an exposed third rail. In April 2007, two workers were killed in the same week, leading the transportation authority to briefly suspend maintenance projects for subway tracks, signals and tunnels. Memorials for those two workers were scheduled in the coming days, the union said.
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