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Construction worker seriously injured in fall at Brooklyn subway station, FDNY says

A construction worker working on the supports for the R train line on Fourth Avenue and 53rd Street fell through a hole and onto the tracks below, officials said Wednesday.
A construction worker working on the supports for the R train line on Fourth Avenue and 53rd Street fell through a hole and onto the tracks below, officials said Wednesday. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

A construction worker employed by a contractor was seriously injured Wednesday in an incident at a Brooklyn subway station that snarled service on the D, N and R lines, according to fire officials and the MTA.

The FDNY received a call about a worker who fell onto the tracks at the 53rd Street subway station in Sunset Park around 1:38 p.m., a fire official said. The MTA said he fell from a scaffolding on the express track, which is not in service.

The unidentified worker was rescued by first responders and taken to NYU Langone Hospital — Brooklyn with serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to the fire official.

The incident caused delays on the D, N and R lines, the MTA said. Brooklyn-bound commuters at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, however, were told that the power was killed and that there was an express train stopped in the tunnel before 36th Street.

Brooklyn-bound D, N and R train service from the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center was delayed because of a person on the tracks at 53rd Street on Wednesday, the MTA said.
Brooklyn-bound D, N and R train service from the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center was delayed because of a person on the tracks at 53rd Street on Wednesday, the MTA said. Photo Credit: Dave Califano

Regular service resumed around 2:20 p.m., the MTA said.

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