MTA worker falls to death while clearing garbage from tracks

An MTA worker cleaning tracks near the E. 125th St. subway station fell to his death Tuesday morning, disrupting early morning subway service.

The 23-year-old unidentified male was part of a crew removing debris from a stretch of southbound 6 train tunnel, about 100 feet south of the East Harlem station at Lexington Ave., cops said.

He first tumbled while loading a work train before 4:50 a.m., transit sources said, then fell onto the southbound 4/5 track.

The worker hit his head and later died in the station, transit sources added.

“He suffered a head injury,” one source said. “He was pulled to the platform alive, where he was reported dead by track workers at 5:34 a.m.”

Early morning subway service on the 4, 5 and 6 trains were disrupted because of the incident.

There are no 4 trains between E. 86th St. and the 149th St.-Grand Concourse station, the MTA said, and 6 train service was suspended between E. 86th St. and 3 Ave.-138 St.

Southbound 5 trains between Nereid Ave. and E. 180th St. were also canceled, the MTA said. The line is running on the 2 track between the 149 St.-Grand Concourse and Nevins St. stations.

Enraged commuters, unaware of the tragic cause of the train delays, took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.

“Insanely crowded downtown #Atrain platform, multiple uptown trains have gone by. Where are they disappearing to? Why is it taking so long between downtown trains?,”  wrote someone named Divadelablog.

 Shuttle buses were bringing commuters from 125th St. to 116th St., where they could get on working trains.

NYC Transit staffers were outside the 125th St. station trying to direct straphangers on where to go.

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