Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/quee ... z19WPNyZ91It was a "suicide mission" that had him side-stepping the third rail in blinding snow.
A motorman whose A train got stuck during the blizzard recounted the treacherous night, saying yesterday that he climbed onto the tracks a terrifying 20 times over a desolate stretch of Jamaica Bay to manually clear snow from the signals.
Yann Willam Hicks, who's been a driver for four years, was forced to do the work by hand because the metal "signal" arms that automatically shut down a train when they're hit were frozen in the upright position.
"I had to get off at every signal because they were stuck in the upright position. I did this on the bridges above the water!" Hicks said. "We'd travel for a bit, get stuck, I'd get out, then we'd travel again. This happened about 20 times."
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Found this article from the New York Post Today.
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It's amazing. The dispatcher who sent those trains out should be fired IMMEDIATELY. Endangering the lives of crew members and stranding riders out on the line is a lot worse than having everyone stay where the were before boarding.