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MTA Project Under Investigation Following Severe Electrical Injury

Richard Drew

The Long Island Rail Road “Third Track Project” is under investigation after a worker was severely injured over the weekend.

MTA Chairman Pat Foye said an ironworker received an electrical shock during unauthorized construction.

"It’s our priority to make sure everyone coming to work goes home safely. … I also want to be clear that incidents like this are rare at the MTA. But one is too many," Foye said.

The LIRR union said the ironworker was hospitalized and is in stable condition. The union said this is the latest incident to call into question the agency’s safety practices.

Foye said the $2.6 billion project will remain suspended pending the independent probe. The plan is to construct a 10-mile long third track between Floral Park and Hicksville by the end of 2022.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.