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MTA employee dies after burning train pulls into Manhattan station

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An MTA motorman died early Friday morning after a burning subway train pulled into a Manhattan station.

According to police, at 3:14 a.m. on March 27, MTA employees alerted a motorman at the 110th Street station that the northbound 2 train they were operating had a large fire coming from the second front car. The train had emanated out of Flatbush at 2:15 a.m.

When the train reached the station, the employees successfully evacuated the train and got the passengers off of the platform. Police and FDNY personnel responded to the scene and the motorman, who has not been identified at this time, was found dead on the tracks.

A second train arrived behind the first train, and police evacuated those passengers through an emergency exit. At least 9 others were injured, according to an MTA spokesperson.

At this time, the NYPD is investigating other fires at the 86th Street, 96th Street, and 116th Street stations to see if they are connected to this fire, as they occurred around the same time as the train fire. The fire on the train is being investigated as a criminal matter.

No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

The NYPD is calling on witnesses to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. 

“It is with great sorrow that we share news of the tragic loss of one of our brave colleagues, a New York City Transit train operator who died in the line of duty this morning after a significant fire that occurred on board a train he was operating,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “Our colleague was a young man who had served the people of New York City at Transit for many years.  The entire MTA family mourns his death alongside a grateful city.  Our hearts break for his family, loved ones and all those who knew him. The NYPD is actively investigating the incident for criminality. In addition to $2,500 offered by Crime Stoppers and the Police Foundation, the MTA is offering up to $50,000 for information that leads to the arrest, indictment and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this terrible tragedy.”
 
The MTA is offering a 50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, indictment and conviction of the suspect.

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