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The bodies of people killed on the train tracks have been moved into the employee break rooms, lunch rooms, or bathrooms of the largest transportation systems in New York.
Members of a New York transportation union on Friday told The Chief-Leader, a local newspaper, that another member had been severely traumatized after walking into a bathroom and finding a dead body during work at the Metropolitan Transport Authority.
Derrick Echevarria, a Transport Workers Union Local 100 official, told NY1 News, “You have pieces, you have blood spatter.”
Other union members said the bodies of people who were killed on the train tracks were regularly moved into nearby employee break rooms while the MTA waited for the police and medics to arrive. According to The Chief-Leader, the union had repeatedly brought up the problem with MTA management but did not see a response for years.
“If a lunch room is the nearest, they’ll put it in the lunch room,” a union source told the New York Post.
Shams Tarek, an MTA representative, said in a statement that bodies needed to be moved out of the way quickly by the New York Police Department and the medical examiner.
“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,” Tarek said.
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LaShawn Jones, who has worked as an MTA station agent for 18 years, told the Post that about five years ago she saw workers handling a dead body when she entered the employee bathroom at the 103rd Street station in Harlem before her shift.
Jones said she still remembers seeing “hair and scalp and basically body parts in the sink” when she returned to the bathroom during lunch.
“That can totally mess with your psyche, not just for that day but for the future as well,” Jones said.
The MTA said that it was preparing a statement for Business Insider but did not get it in by publication time.
This article has been updated with statements from the MTA.