The worst fear of any worker on the track became a reality over the weekend as 50 year old supervisor Kent Morgan fell 20 feet from the elevated track at Roosevelt Avenue & 114th Street on the line. Ben Chapman & Jonathan Lemire of the New York Daily News have more in this report:
A track worker took a terrifying plunge from an elevated Queens subway Saturday, falling more than 20 feet to the street below, officials said.
Kent Morgan, 50, slammed onto the asphalt under the No. 7 line, leaving a pool of blood on Roosevelt Ave., near Citi Field.
Morgan was rushed to New York Hospital Queens after the harrowing 11a.m. accident and is going to survive, his grateful family said.
“We believe it’s a miracle,” said wife, Aleda Morgan.
“He’s in a significant amount of pain right now because of his injuries, but he’s going to be fine,” she said. “We pray for him every day.”
Morgan, a transit supervisor, was overseeing a switch replacement near the intersection of Roosevelt Ave. and 114thSt. when he fell, MTA officials said.
With a yell, he toppled through a path next to the tracks and plummeted to the street below.
He landed on his side, and his head bounced on the hard street, witnesses told rescue workers.
Some of his fellow track workers stabilized him until paramedics arrived. Morgan, a father of two, was alert and conscious when he was loaded into an ambulance, FDNY officials said.
He suffered a fractured elbow, a broken ankle and a gash to his head, his wife said.
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I always fear for the safety of workers when I see them on tracks whether elevated or under ground. No one can argue that there has been too many accidents and/or deaths over the last few years. Thankfully this fall is not expected to be fatal but it highlights that more needs to be done to ensure the complete safety of everyone. My best wishes for a speedy recovery to Kent.
xoxo Transit Blogger