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A subway platform conductor was nearly hit by an oncoming train Tuesday morning after a “disturbed” rider threw cleaning equipment at the woman and her coworkers — the latest incident in a string of assaults on MTA employees.
The near-calamity occurred at 7:30 a.m. at 179th Street in Queens after another female conductor attempted to rouse a sleeping straphanger, according to an internal report obtained by The Post.
The person “became irate and spit” at the first worker — then began chucking “cleaning equipment” at her and her colleagues, the report says.
Amidst the chaos, the “emotionally disturbed” individual chucked a broom at another female platform worker, who ducked out of the way — and right into the oncoming train, which grazed her back.
Neither woman was seriously injured. Police were not called to respond to the incident, a rep for the NYPD said.
MTA employees have been plagued by a surge of attacks in recent months. Tuesday’s kerfuffle was the third assault on a subway worker in as many days, according to one union leader.
“These assaults generally are just a horrifying but unfortunately too common part of our work experience in this transit system today,” TWU Local 100 Vice President Eric Loegel to The Post.
“New York City is not taking care of its entire population,” Loegel said. “The people that are emotionally disturbed or homeless obviously need something more than they’re getting.”
Last week saw one subway worker assaulted and nine subjected to incidents of harassment, according to MTA stats. Another 32 bus drivers reported being harassed in the same period.
The MTA has called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to add hundreds of additional cops on trains and buses. Transit leaders also want the city to let social workers to respond to nonviolent mental hall calls from within the subway system.
“This was an outrageous attack that highlights how important it is that City Hall respond to our calls to protect transit workers and the riding public with more NYPD officers and mental health support resources in the transit system,” MTA spokesman Shams Tarek said in a statement.
Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy
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