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Parkchester Residents Say Debris Is Falling From 6 Train Tracks

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It's not the just the cars that are making pedestrians leery on a busy Bronx road. NY1 transit reporter Jose Martinez checked out a stretch of elevated subway track that residents say is shedding its parts.

Along Westchester Avenue in Parkchester, pedestrians say they've had to dodge massive iron screws, bolts and spikes that have been plunging from the elevated 6 train tracks for the last several months.

When the trains rumble past, they say, it's time to watch out for anything falling from above.

Barber Phillip Figaro says he was nearly clobbered in the head by a bolt while walking across the busy avenue.

"We would like for transit to do a proper job and fix this problem before another one like this happens to hit somebody and possibly kill them or cripple them for life," Figaro said.

They've collected more than 20 of the pieces and are calling on the MTA to check out the condition of the tracks leading to and from the nearby Parkchester station.

Residents and shopkeepers along busy Westchester Avenue say the falling debris from the track has turned the area into a hard hat zone.

As recently as two weeks ago, a 9-year-old boy says he nearly got smacked by a falling bolt as he walked under the tracks.

"I heard some clanging, and I looked up, and I saw something falling," the boy said.

The pieces of heavy metal, including the one that nearly hit the boy, are being stashed in a bucket at a mosque's community center on Westchester Avenue.

"So if it can be prevented, let it be prevented now," said one person. "Otherwise, somebody will get hurt."

An MTA spokesman says the agency is looking into what's causing the unwanted deposits from the 6 train tracks. Until then, people in the area say you'd better cover your head.

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