NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An MTA conductor was sent to the hospital after he was attacked Wednesday night in Brooklyn, officials say.
The incident occurred just after 7 p.m. on the 5 train in the Flatbush section.
According to a representative for Transport Workers Union Local 100, the train was at Beverly Road station when a passenger was holding the doors open with their foot.
When the conductor went to check it out, the two got into a dispute and he was struck with an object, possibly a bat or a pipe, causing him to fall and hit his head on the platform, the rep said.
Police say the MTA employee was in and out of consciousness as he was being transported to Kings County Hospital but remains in stable condition .
Officials are searching for a man in his 30s last seen wearing a mask, dark jacket and blue jeans.
"Tonight’s assault of a conductor who was simply doing his job is despicable," MTA NYC Transit SVP of subways Sally Librera said in a statement "The conductor was working to keep customers safe and service moving when he was attacked. Transit managers are with the victim now providing any possible assistance. Assaulting a transit employee under any circumstances is appalling and NYC Transit is fully cooperating with the NYPD as it searches for this perpetrator. We will do everything we can to support prosecution to the full extent of the law."
The victim is a Bronx resident and a father of two with three years on the job, that was supposed to leave for a family vacation Thursday, authorities said."This man was just doing his job as a public servant to the city of New York, to the Transit Authority, operating a train just a few stops away from Flatbush Avenue, having just left the terminal, right? And in course of doing his job, some maniac strikes him over the head," vice president of TWU Local 100 Eric Loegel said.