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MTA Transit Worker Gets Killed in Harlem Subway Fire, 9 Others Hospitalized

The valiant transit worker’s body was discovered on Harlem’s subway tracks after a smoky and alarming subterranean blaze on an uptown train rescued frightened passengers early Friday. The 36-year-old Goble, an MTA transit worker was found on the roadbed in front of train No. 2 when first responders arrived at station 110th St./Central Park North at 3:15 a.m.

Cops were trying to decide if the fire was started by an arsonist in the train’s second car inside the station. A suspect has been taken into custody and stayed for questioning at the 28th Precinct, a source from the Fire Department told.

The courageous transit worker was the only fatality discovered inside the Bronx-bound train in the strange morning incident where a burned shopping cart was discovered. Investigators suspect the fire spread was aided by an accelerant in the shopping cart, but further proof tests are required to be certain, sources said.

Until his death, the six-year MTA veteran helped guide passengers to safety before getting stuck in the smoke-filled tunnel and collapse according to a source, likely from a cardiac arrest.

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Smoke had already gushed out of the train car and when cops and firefighters arrived, straphangers were running for air. Apparently the fire started in the train’s second car after it stopped at the station, the one with flames accompanied by a pair of popping noises, as per transit sources.

Goble, 36, has been rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital by medics, where he was pronounced dead. Colleagues and a neighbour from Brooklyn identified a sweet guy who always welcomed her with a hug to the married father of boys aged 10 and seven months. Gray wasn’t shocked to learn that Goble, who had just married two years ago, lost his life-saving others.

MTA Announces $50,000 Reward for Information on the Culprit

The MTA immediately offered a $50,000 reward. This is for the information pointing to those involved in the deadly fire being charged and convicted of it. In the wild scene, at least 16 people have injured. It includes three men and a woman. They were also rushed with serious injuries to Mount Sinai Hospital. Another five firefighters were taken with minor injuries to local hospitals. At least seven others were examined at the scene.

MTA Transit Worker

NYPD Deputy Chief Brian McGee of Manhattan North Detectives came up with a report. They said at around the same time as the train explosion, several minor fires were placed. This is into garbage cans on both the platforms and above ground at the 86th St.and 96th St. train stations. While it was uncertain if they were linked, both were classified as crime scenes by the NYPD. Tony Utano, president of TWU Local 100 who serves MTA employees, called Goble’s death “a terrible tragedy.”

Echevarria, 49, encountered Gobel when both had been practising with the MTA for positions. She remembered him between her colleagues as a doting dad and a fan.

Goble and Another Driver Saved Passengers Lives

Goble, along with a train driver and a third MTA employee, continued to direct riders. They sent passengers out of the station as first responders landed. NYC Transit’s interim president Sarah Feinberg spoke on this. Goble left the train from the front after evacuating the first car. He ends up getting lost in the smoky tunnel, officials say.

The photos show blackened, scratched walls and burnt benches. Burnt off the ceiling tiles, leaving electrical wires dangling from above. It remained uncertain if the shopping cart was the blaze’s origin, or if it actually burned in the flames.

The No. 2 train service was operating all Thursday with significantly reduced service. This is like more than 100 train operators, drivers and dispatchers stayed home from work. This is fearing that they might catch coronavirus, sources said. The driver who helped escape the train worked for MTA for 25 years.

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