NYC subway reportedly using employee break rooms to store dead bodies

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man waiting for the train at the Times Square
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The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been
quietly shuffling the bodies of people killed on the train tracks
into employee break rooms, lunch rooms, or bathrooms, according
to multiple reports.

Members of a New York transportation union
told The Chief-Leader
, a local newspaper, that another member
had been severely traumatized after walking into a bathroom and
finding a dead body during work.

Derrick Echevarria, a Transport Workers Union Local 100 official,

told NY1 News
: “You have pieces, you have blood spatter.”

Other union members said the MTA regularly moved the bodies of
people who were killed on the train tracks into nearby employee
break rooms while they waited for the police and medics to
arrive. According to The Chief-Leader, the union had repeatedly
brought up the problem with MTA management but did not see a
response for years.

“If a lunch room is the nearest, they’ll put it in the lunch
room,” a union source
told the New York Post
.

Shams Tarek, an MTA representative, said in a statement that the
agency was forced to get the bodies out of the way quickly and
wait for the New York Police Department and the medical examiner
to arrive.

“The placement and removal of bodies are handled by NYPD and the
NYC Medical Examiner, and we’re discussing with TWU officials how
any of the current practices can be enhanced for the comfort of
our workers,” Tarek said.

New York City subway trains struck and killed 48 people in 2016,
a five-year low for deaths on the tracks, according to DNA
Info
. On an average weekday in 2016, the subway saw over
5.7 million
rides
.


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LaShawn Jones, who has worked as an MTA station agent for 18
years, told the Post that about five years ago she saw workers
handling a dead body when she entered the employee bathroom at
the 103rd Street station in Harlem before her shift.

Jones said she still remembers seeing “hair and scalp and
basically body parts in the sink” when she returned to the
bathroom during lunch.

“That can totally mess with your psyche, not just for that day
but for the future as well,” Jones said.

The MTA declined multiple requests for comment from Business
Insider.



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