A transit worker walking alongside a subway train in Queens was struck and killed early Wednesday morning, after his tool bag caught on the moving train and he was dragged to his death.
Louis Moore, a 58-year-old signal maintainer, was working on the northbound E line at 46th Street in Astoria. He was found unresponsive on the track’s roadbed and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Moore’s bag got caught on a gate to the platform he was trying to open. As he tried to free the satchel, the train pulled in, snagged the bag and yanked the worker onto the tracks, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
Moore, who had been on the job for at least eight years, died as he was preparing to finish his work shift and head home, a source told the Daily News.
Helen Marshall, Queens’s borough president, called the death a “sad and tragic event.”
“He was a hardworking individual, working the overnight shift on a subway line that carries tens of thousands of riders in Queens every single day,” Marshall said in a statement.
Acting MTA Chairman Fernando Ferrer vowed to get to the bottom of what happened. “An intensive investigation into the circumstances of his death is under way,” he said.
It appears that Moore was born in Jamaica and lived with his teenage daughter in the Hollis section of Queens. He is the first transit worker killed on the job since supervisor James Knell, three years ago.
Ironically, all recent transit worker deaths occurred at about the same time of the year. Knell died on April 26, 2010, track worker Marvin Franklin was fatally hit by a train on April 29, 2007, and track worker Daniel Boggs was fatally hit on April 24, 2007.