Train operator killed, 9 hurt in Harlem subway fire probed as crime

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An MTA train operator was killed and more than nine people were injured in a smoky fire at a Manhattan subway station Friday morning that is being investigated as a crime, officials said.

“We are investigating it as a criminal matter,” Deputy Chief Brian McGee said, adding that no arrests have been made.

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The Transit Workers Union has identified the train operator as 36-year-old Garrett Goble. His body was found on the tracks.

Goble's death came after two MTA employees died of the coronavirus this week. Bus driver Oliver Cyrus, 61, and train conductor Peter Petrassi, 49, were killed by the virus Thursday, Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano said.

“As all of you know, this has already been a devastating week for New York City Transit,” said Sarah Feinberg, interim president of the agency that runs the city’s buses and subways. “And this is another horrific moment for our family.”

The fire broke out in the car of a northbound 2 train around 3:15 a.m., according to the NYPD.

The fire was discovered when the train pulled into the Central Park North–110th Street station, an underground station in Harlem, the NYPD said.

Fires were reported at three other nearby stations at the time: 86th Street, 96th Street and 116th Street, police said.

Citizen App video shows plumes of smoke pouring out of the station into the street.

Over 100 FDNY firefighters and EMTs responded to the fire.

The FDNY initially said more than a dozen people were injured, some of them critically.

Feinberg later said that nine people were injured. “Early numbers are wrong and we’ll have to see how it plays out,” she said.

On Friday morning, the MTA said 3 train service was suspended between Harlem-148th Street and 96th Street, while 2 trains were suspended in both directions between Harlem­­–148th Street and 96th Street. 1 trains were suspended in both directions between 137th Street–City College and Times Square–42nd Street.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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