The bodies of people who have been killed by New York City subway trains are stored in employee break rooms until they can be collected by the city coroner.
The corpses which are often ‘leaking’ are simply brought to ‘whatever room happens to be nearest’ so that service on the tracks can be resumed as quickly as possible.
The claims which were made in the New York Post has disgusted union officials.
‘If a lunch room is the nearest, they’ll put it in the lunch room,’ an unnamed source said on a private Facebook group.
New York City’s Transport Workers Union is claiming that the MTA stores dead bodies cleaned up off of subway tracks in worker break rooms
Often, the bodies can lay around for up to two hours before officials from the morgue come to collect it.
‘You have pieces, you have blood spatter,’ said Derek Echevarria, the vice president of TWU Local 100 in a statement to NY1. ‘It could be any contamination or disease.’
‘Transit does not care about morale,’ Taytana A. Klimenko noted on the private group. ‘They do not invest in psychological welfare for their workers. I am surprised we do not have a high suicide rate — we must have some strong workers. Very tough. Something the union should look to invest into?’
The MTA’s response to the TWU’s claims was that police respond to incidents on the tracks immediately and bodies are placed in ‘non-public spaces’ and not break rooms
A union safety worker from Staten Island, Tommy McNally, then noted how workers could sometimes find ‘leaking’ bodies in the bathrooms.
‘Station Agents walking over bodies in the bathroom? Uncovered bodies leaking fluids..be a pro…this isn’t Vietnam pal….be a pro and suck it up if you get hepatitis…? No, close the station, put the body in a bag, on the platform, wait for the morgue to take it…then open the station.’
An MTA source told the Post that the bodies were not stored in break rooms, but in non-public areas by the NYPD until the Medical Examiner shows up.
‘It is of the utmost importance that anyone who dies in the subway system is removed from the tracks and platforms as fast as possible to restore service quickly and to give humane treatment to the deceased and their family,’ an MTA spokesperson said in a statement.
‘The placement and removal of bodies are handled by NYPD and the NYC Medical Examiner, and we’re discussing with TWU officials how any of the current practices can be enhanced for the comfort of our workers,’ the statement continued.