It’s just another day in sunny New York City, where a visibly decaying piece of the elevated 7 subway train fell down and crashed through the windshield of a moving vehicle in Queens. Luckily, nobody appears to have been seriously injured.
The photos come courtesy of Jimmy Van Bramer on Twitter, who just happens to be the New York City Council Member for the 26th District. Jimmy followed his initial tweet of photos with him checking out the damage with another calling for the MTA to “answer for our crumbling infrastructure.”
Here’s the site of the incident from Google Street View, located at 65th Street and Roosevelt Avenue:
It’s unclear what caused the piece of the elevated track to fall, whether it was on its own or due to construction. Jalopnik reached out to New York Andrew Governor Cuomo’s office and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, which is the responsible body for the city’s subway network.
“We take this incident extremely seriously, are conducting a full investigation into what happened, have personnel ensuring the rest of the area is safe, and are relieved that no one was injured,” an MTA representative said.
After emailing press contacts Richard and Dani at the governor’s office, a person named Patrick has since forwarded me to someone named Max and another person named Shams. This post will be updated when we have more information.
People have long joked about irrational NYC fears like falling through a subway grate in the sidewalk, or down a set of bodega sidewalk cellar stairs, or having an AC unit fall on your head, but it seems we now have to face the very rational fear of a death spike striking from the sky. How fun.
Update: Feb. 21, 5:40 p.m.: A source with knowledge of the ongoing investigation told Jalopnik that it appears the wood piece that hit the car fell from a platform installed under the tracks a few years ago, which has now been dismantled. There were no ongoing construction projects in the area at the time of the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.
The MTA is now reviewing the rest of the 7 line, and other elevated structures, for similar additional platforms.