Bronx Residents Say Falling Train Debris Poses Risk

The MTA said it will explore the possibility of putting protective netting under the elevated tracks

By Ida Siegal
|  Thursday, Jul 12, 2012  |  Updated 10:34 AM EDT
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Residents in the Parkchester section of The Bronx have gradually collected a pile of bolts, nuts and screws they claim have fallen from the 6 Train that rolls overhead. They want the MTA to come out and examine the tracks and make sure they're safe before something falls on someone's head.

Residents in the Parkchester section of The Bronx have gradually collected a pile of bolts, nuts and screws they claim have fallen from the 6 Train that rolls overhead. They want the MTA to come out and examine the tracks and make sure they're safe before something falls on someone's head.

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Bronx residents and commuters say they duck their heads every time a subway train rumbles by on the elevated track because debris, including a massive track bolt, keeps falling from the sky.

Phillip Figaro said he was nearly struck in the head when walking under the elevated tracks on Westchester Avenue on Wednesday.

"I was crossing the street ... when this nut came flying out of nowhere," the Parkchester resident said.

A quick ground search revealed a handful of debris similar to the chunk of metal that fell from the tracks Wednesday.

"Any part of this will crack anybody's skull so we are really afraid," added Sheikh Moussa Drameh of the Islamic Leadership School.

The MTA inspected the location after a hunk of metal fell weeks ago. Agency officials said while they are still investigating the source of the additional debris, they will explore the possibility of putting protective netting under the elevated tracks.

That protection would be welcome relief for community members who fear for their safety -- and that of their children who go to school on the block.

"There's a lot of old people and young people who walk by here too ... and cars ... That could cause an accident," said Parkchester resident Doc Dingo.

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