Debris from 7 train smashes through car, narrowly missing driver

February 21, 2019 - 5:30 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A wooden beam from a 7 train crashed through the windshield of a moving car in Woodside in Queens Thursday, barely missing the vehicle's occupant, councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said.

In photos and video the beam can be seen sticking out of the vehicle's windshield.

"A track [he later clarified it was other debris> from the 7 train just crashed down upon a driving car around 65th Street in Woodside, piercing through the windshield," tweeted Van Bramer. "These photos are horrifying!

He continued, "Thankfully the driver was not injured, but someone could have been killed! There must be an immediate investigation into how something this dangerous could happen.  @MTA must answer for our crumbling subway infrastructure before a tragedy occurs ... It appears that this is not a "track," but a wooden beam or other debris from the 7 train. Regardless, someone could have died."

The beam fell right through the windshield of Uber driver Mahboob Lodhi as he was driving along Roosevelt Avenue near 65th Street. 

"I just surprised. I was shaking," Lodhi told CBS 2

The MTA said the beam fell from what was once a supply platform under the tracks for construction that wrapped up years ago. 

MTA spokesperson Shams Tarek said in a statement, "We take this incident extremely seriously, are conducting a full investigation into what happened, have personnel ensuring the rest of the area is safe, and are relieved that no one was injured."

Advocates for fixing the subway say the incident in Woodside shows the need for congestion pricing to fund the MTA. Danny Pearlstein, of the Riders Alliance, is among them.

"A piece of debris fell from the number 7 line, crashing through a car windshield. Unfortunately riders have yet another reminder of how important it is to pass congestion pricing to fix the subway," Pearlstein told 1010 WINS.

Members of the Riders Alliance are joining state Sen. Jessica Ramos, a congestion pricing supporter, on a ride-along on the 7 line Friday. The ride will focus on what they call a transit crisis and the need to modernize the subway.