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Transit Worker Fatally Struck By E Train In Queens

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A New York City transit worker was killed by an E train early Wednesday morning after sources say he fell onto the tracks at the 46th Street stop in Astoria, making it the first time since 2010 that a transit worker has been killed in the line of duty. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

An MTA worker at the end of his shift died early Wednesday after being hit by a train.

Police and the MTA identified the victim as Louis Moore of Queens, an eight-year veteran who worked as a signal maintainer.

Officials said the 58-year-old father of three was about to step off a catwalk at the 46th Street station when his tool belt apparently got caught on a gate, causing him to trip and tumble into the path of an oncoming E train just before 3:30 a.m.

"He was coming out of the tunnel, what we call the hole," said John Samuelsen, president of the Transit Workers' Union Local 100. "He was coming out of the hole onto the station platform."

The MTA's last on-the-job death came in 2010, and Moore is the first worker to be killed by a train since 2007. Officials from the transit workers' union said the death highlights the dangers subway workers face daily.

"We work around energized third rails," Samuelsen said. "We work in the dark. We work in extremely arduous work environments, night in, night out, and we pay the price in blood often enough."

The MTA board recognized Moore with a moment of silence before its monthly board meeting.

Moore's death comes six years to the day that track worker Daniel Boggs was killed while working at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle station in Manhattan. Both men will be remembered on Thursday by their union.

Union officials said Moore lived with his 17-year-old daughter in Queens and had two older kids.

"He's a nice guy, hard worker, good guy with a family, always seemed to be smiling," said Bob Mallon, a transit worker.

Union officials said Moore likely died from what they called an "industrial accident," but the New York City Transit Office of System Safety will conduct a formal investigation into what went wrong.

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