Basket Designed To Catch Subway Debris Falls Onto Pedestrian In Brooklyn

WCBS 880 Newsroom
August 03, 2020 - 4:02 pm
Subway debris basket

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A pedestrian was injured Sunday when a wire basket designed to catch falling debris from elevated subway tracks came crashing down onto the sidewalk in Brooklyn.

Transit workers were doing maintenance work on the J and Z lines when the basket fell near the intersection of Fulton Street and Alabama Avenue just before noon, according to the MTA.

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The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Subways Frank Jezycki said Monday that it appears the crews knocked the basket from the elevated track as they were moving a rubber mat, which is designed to protect them from the electrified third rail.

"We believe that there were several procedures and protocols that were in place that were not properly followed," he said. "We're still conducting our investigation and we will take disciplinary action as we deem necessary."

There are roughly 325,000 wire baskets installed across the subway system.

Following a rash of debris incidents last year, the MTA started an initiative to replace defective equipment and install new baskets across the system.

The crew involved in Sunday's incident was out on the tracks installing and replacing baskets along the J line.

In 2019, there were at least a dozen incidents involving debris falling from elevated subway tracks.

In one incident, a piece of metal weighing about 20 pounds fell from the elevated A train line, smashing into the back window of a livery cab in Ozone Park.

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