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An MTA worker was severely burned and three other workers injured in a third-rail explosion at the Union Square subway station early Thursday, authorities said.
The crew was working on a downtown express track on the Lexington Avenue line at 14th Street when a cable touched the third rail at 3:30 a.m., causing an electrical explosion, the MTA said.
Worker Wilbert Cummings was severely burned on his face, neck and legs, and was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s burn unit, according to transit sources.
He was able to talk with his wife, who visited him at the hospital.
Cummings has worked as a power maintainer for about a year and was a track worker before that.
Three other workers suffered burns to their face and arms. They were treated and released from New York-Presbyterian.
John Samuelsen, head of the Transport Workers Local Union 100, said the workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the city.
“When you work in a system with live train traffic and a live third rail, industrial accidents happen,” he said. “We strive to avoid them, but sometimes they happen.”
The work was part of FASTRACK, which suspended some service on the Lexington line for four nights this week.
This article first appeared on nypost.com
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