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Transit worker suffers burns at 72nd Street station

July 12, 2012 4:07:08 AM PDT
A transit worker suffered serious burns while working on a signal at the 72nd Street Station on the Upper West Side.

The signal maintainer was at the station working on a signal that was damaged when a train came in contact with an open signal box. The worker was rushed to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. His injuries are serious, but not life threatening.

Northbound 1, 2 and 3 train service was suspended around 8 p.m when the signal was damaged. Five subway trains were stuck in tunnels as a result. An MTA spokesman said all were moved to stations by 9 p.m.

At one point, all 1, 2 and 3 train service was suspended between 42nd and 96th Streets. Service quickly resumed with residual delays.

The MTA is investigating how the worker was injured.

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