Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) allegedly takes dead bodies of those killed by subway trains and stores them in employee lunch rooms and other break areas inside the stations.
A union source told reporters that they do it in order to restore service quickly and efficiently. More often than not, the corpses are taken to whichever room is closest.
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 claims that the deceased bodies removed from the tracks are placed in “bathrooms, facility rooms, [and] break rooms” until medical examiners respond. Reportedly, these rooms are often left unlocked, so anybody can accidentally come across a dismembered body part or corpse.
Not only is the whole arrangement traumatizing and disrespectful, but it is also extremely unsanitary.
TWU vice president Derek Echevarria said in a statement, “You have pieces, you have blood spatter. It could be any contamination or disease.”
MTA spokesman Shams Tarek responded to the complaint, stating that these things happen occasionally, where the bodies are put in a “non-public space” until the NYPD can arrive on the scene, which is normally almost “instantly.”
The TWU disagrees, arguing that it can take up to several hours before the corpses are cleared.
TWU continued by saying, “Mayor de Blasio and his administration have failed to provide enough staffing for the Medical Examiner’s Office to quickly retrieve and remove bodies from the subway after these tragedies. It’s unacceptable that transit workers have to endure this on the job.”
Only members of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit can remove dead bodies from a subway track or tunnel.
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