Subway token booth lit on fire in attempted robbery

The News Leader

June 29, 2011 9:48:07 AM PDT
A Brooklyn subway token booth clerk was hospitalized after her booth was set on fire during an attempted robbery Wednesday morning.

The incident happened at the Prospect Park station on Flatbush Avenue and Lincoln Road just after 5 a.m.

Police say several men banged on the booth and ordered the clerk to open the door. When she would not, they poured a flammable liquid around the booth and lit it on fire.

They then fled.

The clerk, who was not seriously injured, was able put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

She was taken to Methodist Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. She was also being treated for trauma.

The station serves the B and Q lines. Service was not affected.