Bolt Falls From Elevated Subway Tracks Onto Car Roof

John Montone
October 23, 2019 - 8:53 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An enormous metal bolt fell from elevated subway tracks in Queens onto a driver’s car roof Tuesday.

The bolt fell from the N/W line tracks at Queensboro Plaza in Long Island City.

Philip Garcia, 31, of Kew Gardens was driving on Queens Plaza at 27th Street when he heard his glass sunroof shatter in his Ford Explorer.

“I hope they’re not waiting for somebody to die for them to do something about it, but it seems like that’s what they’re waiting for,” said Garcia.

He wants the MTA to pay for his damage.

"The MTA’s first priority is the safety of New Yorkers. There are protective measures strategically placed underneath tracks on elevated lines throughout the system, including at the location of today’s debris on the N-W line south of Queensboro Plaza,” said a statement issued by an MTA spokesperson. “Metal containers like the ones at that section of the N-W line are specifically designed to catch bolts at rail joints such as the one that fell today. We are investigating how and why the bolt came loose and was not caught by the system as designed. This section of track was last inspected October 17."

Local City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tweeted, “Unacceptable! You shouldn’t have to be scared for your life to walk or drive under the 7 train. Completely outrageous this happened again! The MTA needs to fix this now!”

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