A Feelgood Story

Continuing with updates on the latest transit happenings, a new baby was welcomed into the world at the Broadway Junction station last night. Here is the story courtesy of NY1

A newborn baby and mom are doing fine after a special delivery on the L subway platform last night, and they have three of the city’s finest to thank.

The 24-year-old woman went into labor shortly before 10 p.m. at the Broadway Junction station in Brooklyn. Transit police officers Bruno Valenti, Brian Higgins and Leslie Grant responded and helped deliver the baby. Sergeant Valenti is a trained EMT.

Police say the mother was already in labor when the officers got there, and the baby was delivered before the ambulance arrived.

I am glad that the delivery went without complications. I would like to take this time to congratulate the three officers on a great job. Lastly I would like to wish the mother & her new child all the best in 2007 & beyond.

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Truck Hits Elevated Subway Overpass

While trying to catch up on the latest transit happenings, I came across the story of a truck hitting a subway overpass in Brooklyn. Here is the story courtesy of NY1:

A major road in Brooklyn was closed for hours after a truck plowed into a train overpass Wednesday.

Service on the L train between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway resumed shortly after 9 a.m.

Shortly after 8 a.m., a tractor trailer crashed into the overpass at Linden Boulevard and Junius Street in Brownsville.

A small amount of fuel spilled on the road. Fire officials say there are no injuries.

I find it odd that I heard nothing about it on the news last night. I wonder how bad it hampered subway service. If this caused problems with your commute, I’d love to hear about it so leave a comment.

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I Hope You Have Good Vision

So the new MTA Director Elliot “Lee” Sander plans to ride the subway to see what needs work. Here is a short story about it courtesy of NY1:

The MTA’s new executive director says he has got a plan to help him get a sense of what awaits him when he begins work.
Elliot “Lee” Sander says he plans to visit most of the major MTA facilities in the next two to three months.
He also plans to ride many of the lines.

Sander is a former city transportation commissioner.
He plans to make anti-terror efforts a priority.

Mr. Sander’s plan sounds nice & all but I hope it is not a PR stunt. I also hope the man has good vision so he can see the true condition of the NYC Subway. The line in the story that struck a chord was the mention of visiting the “major” MTA facilities.

The truth of the matter is the real problems are usually at the stations people don’t visit while doing PR tours. Just look at the condition of the 205th St terminal in the Bronx, the 21 St/Van Alst Ave, any of the stops along Sea Beach, etc… & you will see the sorry conditions employees & riders must deal with everyday. No matter what borough you are in, the horrible conditions stand out like an eyesore!

I hope while he is out riding many of the lines, he actually gets off & takes a look around. The truth can not always be seen while riding a train. The truth shows itself to those who really want to find it. Lets hope that with the new year comes a man who wants to find the truth & has good vision to boot!

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Wesley Autrey You Are A Hero!

If you haven’t already heard, a Good Samaritan named Wesley Autrey came to the rescue of a fellow straphanger Cameron Hollowpeter who had fallen after having an apparent seizure. Here is the story courtesy of NY1.com:

A Good Samaritan jumped onto the tracks at a Manhattanville subway station at 137th Street and Broadway this afternoon to save the life of a stranger who had fallen after having an apparent seizure.

The man stumbled off the platform onto the tracks, where he could have been killed if not for the heroic efforts of 50-year-old Wesley Autrey who did the unthinkable, jumping onto the tracks with a train approaching.

“He was stuck and I was like, ‘Wow. Do I struggle here?’ If I got him up, then I would have to go for the ground. And I didn’t have that much time. So I just went for the gutter thing,” said Autrey. “I just dove on top of him and held him down, cause I knew there would be enough clearance for us.”

Autrey, a construction worker who lives in the neighborhood, grabbed the man and pinned him down in the gutter between the running rails while a downtown 1 train passed overhead, miraculously leaving both men without a scratch.

“I had to have the guy pinned down, because like I said, he was in a seizure,” said Autrey. “He was incoherent. He was fighting, pushing and pushing against me. So I had to lock myself down, so he wouldn’t push me back, and possibly my head get hit.”

Autrey’s two young daughters, ages four and six, who were with him at the time of the incident, watched in horror while the situation unfolded. When the train finally came to a stop, Autrey called out to them to let them know he was alive.

Autrey guessed there was maybe an inch or inch and a half clearance between his head and the underside of the train.

“Remember, the gutter maybe got like a 12-inch drop. So his body fitted in there perfectly. And I just laid on top of him, and had to pin him down,” he said.

The man Autrey saved was taken to St. Luke’s hospital as a precautionary measure, where he is listed in stable condition. He is expected to be recover.

When asked if he considers himself a hero, Autrey said absolutely not. He said he was just doing what he thinks anyone else would do.

“No, I don’t consider myself a hero,” he said. “I just went to someone’s aid. Someone who was in need of help.”

I must say that Wesley Autrey shows the true spirit of a real New Yorker. Many people in this world milk any chance they can to get the spotlight. Yet here we have a man who literally risked his life just to save another & he thinks he is not a hero.

Wesley I hate to break it to you but my friend you are a true HERO in every sense of the word. Speaking for myself & all the readers of Through The Eyes Of Transit, we salute you Wesley “Hero” Autrey!

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Happy New Year!!!!

I wanted to take the time to wish all the visitors of Eye On Transit, a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I pledge to make this site bigger & better in 2007! The one thing you will definitely see is more blog entries! So don’t forget to check in daily!

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