Employees call on MTA to ensure safer conditions after car cleaner died while crossing tracks

The death of an MTA worker earlier in September is raising questions about safety conditions within the transportation agency.

News 12 Staff

Sep 27, 2020, 6:15 PM

Updated 1,328 days ago

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The death of an MTA worker earlier in September is raising questions about safety conditions within the transportation agency.
Officials say Billy Wright, 40, was a car cleaner who was attempting to cross the tracks around 5 a.m. earlier this month when he fell and died.
Canella Gomez, a train conductor out of Coney Island, says lights being out at the MTA's 239th Street Yard and Maintenance Shop could be a contributing factor to Wright's death on Sept. 10.
Gomez says he is speaking out because the MTA needs to do more to protect the safety of their employees.
Gomez says his colleagues notified the MTA about the lights being out.
The MTA tells News 12 in a statement that: "The lights where Wright was working that night were working properly."
The president of Transport Workers Union Local 100 also issued a statement which reads in part: "There's no question that the lighting in all the yards and barns need to be improved. We've been pushing this work-safety issue for years."


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