5 People Sickened By Pepper Spray

Yesterday was anything but a typical ride along the Lexington Avenue lines after 5 people were sickened by pepper spray. 4 of the 5 victims were MTA workers.

The incident started around 7pm last night when a train pulled into the Grand Central station. When the doors opened, a man sprayed pepper spray on a rider he was fighting with. 4 platform conductors ended up being sickened by the spray while trying to help diffuse the situation.

Here is more via John Annese of the New York Daily News:

A rider blasted another with pepper spray on a crowded Manhattan subway Tuesday night, sending straphangers running and sickening four transit workers, polices said.

The chaos unfolded on a Downtown No. 4 express train pulling into Grand Central at about 7 p.m., cops said. Two men started fighting, and one of them sprayed the other with pepper spray, then ran off.

Four Metropolitan Transportation Authority platform conductors inhaled the noxious chemicals, and were taken to Bellevue Medical Center for treatment, officials said.

The man who got sprayed made his own way to an area hospital, cops said.

One of the platform conductors said she saw people running off the train in a panic, according to officials with the Transport Workers Union Local 100.

Click here for the complete report.

Sadly these kind of incidents are the types of things transit workers face on a daily basis all over the system yet many look down on these ladies & gentlemen who keep the city moving based on the actions of a small percentage of individuals.

In terms of this case, hopefully the suspect is caught & receives the stiffest penalties applicable by law.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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