It never gets easier to write an entry about an untimely death whether to a transit worker or rider. Unfortunately, I have to report that a MTA New York City Transit Track Supervisor died this morning after coming in contact with the electrified third rail at the Beach 90th Street station in Queens where renovations are currently underway. MTA New York City Transit sent out a press release about the incident a short time ago:
At approximately 4:30 a.m., Track Supervisor James Knell, 45, was fatally injured after he came into contact with the electrified third rail at the Beach 90th Street A S Station in Queens. Knell, an MTA New York City Transit employee for 13 years and a Supervisor for the past 9 years, was part of the crew working on a station rehabilitation project in the Rockaways. The incident occurred shortly before the area was to be returned to service for the Monday morning rush period.
“We lost one of our own this morning and labeling this incident a tragedy is a painful statement of the obvious,” said MTA NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast. “The Office of System Safety and the Department of Subways has begun an investigation into this incident to both determine a cause and to ensure we prevent a recurrence,” added Prendergast.
James Knell was a resident of East Rockaway, Long Island, and is survived by his wife and two step-children. The thoughts and prayers of the entire MTA NYC Transit family are with the extended family, friends and loved ones of Supervisor Knell during this difficult time.
I would like to take this time & extend deep condolences to the family, friends, & peers of Mr. James Knell. I wish you all nothing but the best during these difficult times.
xoxo Transit Blogger