The MTA has been hit with a number of tragedies lately. Unfortunately the horrible trend as continued as a Metro-North worker was killed just west of the Rye station this past Friday. The Connecticut Post had more in this initial report:
A train struck and killed a Metro-North employee Friday night just west of the Rye, N.Y., station, a railroad spokesman said.
A police investigation into the incident stopped train service going west and east through the Rye station, MTA spokesman Dan Brucker said.
Metro-North reported that outbound service from Grand Central Terminal to New Haven resumed at about 8:25 p.m.
The train was traveling from Grand Central Terminal to New Haven when it struck the employee at about 7 p.m., Brucker said. The worker’s name was not released because his family had not been notified.
He was a signal maintainer and helped repair and maintain the signals that tell trains to switch tracks, an MTA spokeswoman said.
“He was a long-time employee,” railroad spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said. “Everybody knew him.”
Though service was restored, commuters were told to expect slight delays, she said.
His identity was not initially released due to his family not yet having been notified. Eventually his identity was revealed & the worker turned out to be 25 year veteran Kenneth McGrath. The Connecticut Post, courtesy of Frank MacEachern, once again had the report:
A New Rochelle, N.Y., resident with a quarter-century of experience with Metro-North Railroad has been identified as the rail worker killed by a train near the Rye, N.Y., station Friday night.
Kevin McGrath, 49, was a signal maintainer, railroad spokesman Dan Brucker said Saturday.
The accident occurred just south of the Rye station at 7:03 p.m. Friday, when a Metro-North train from Grand Central Station bound for New Haven struck McGrath.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority police were investigating, Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said Saturday.
The MTA runs and operates Metro-North and other commuter lines.
Anders said the death appeared to be accidental but said all circumstances will be investigated.
McGrath was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was transferred to the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s office in Valhalla, Brucker said.
The railroad, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration will participate in the investigation, Anders said.
The passengers were transferred to another train, Brucker said.
The accident delayed service a little more than one hour for 12,000 Metro-North customers, Brucker said. Twelve trains were halted to allow MTA police to investigate.
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I would like to take this time to offer my condolences to the friends, family & peers of Kenneth. None of us ever like to hear or read about a hard working MTA employee being killed. Hopefully the streak of untimely deaths within the MTA family comes to an end.
xoxo Transit Blogger