WINSOR TERRACE, Brooklyn — A subway train struck and killed an MTA employee and injured another as they were working inside a Brooklyn tunnel early Thursday, police said.
Three workers were on the tracks between the Ft. Hamilton Parkway and Church Avenue stops around 12:15 a.m. when a southbound G train was traveling around a curve and pinned two of them, the MTA said.
The third worker was not harmed.
The two who were struck are ages 53 and 49, and were extricated through an emergency exit and taken to local hospitals where the older victim was pronounced dead, according to police. The other victim is in stable condition.
The identity of the deceased victim has not yet been released.
FDNY deputy chief Stephen Moro said the rescue operation was "challenging" because emergency workers had to wait for power to the electrified rail to be turned off before they could access victims.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a railroad team to investigate the incident.
NYCT President Ronnie Hakim offered her "deep-felt condolences" on Thursday, and said much of the department's work would halted during the investigation.
"All safety standards are being reviewed with employees and a ‘safety stand down’ order — requiring all nonemergency track work to cease — has been issued while an investigation is underway,” Hakim said.
The MTA employee was the thirteen transit worker to have been killed on the job over the last 15 years, according to the Transit Workers Local 100.
The last fatal happened in February 2014 when bus operator William Pena was killed when a drunk driver in stolen truck slammed into his bus in Chelsea.
And Louis Moore was the last subway worker to be killed when he was struck by an E train near the 46th Street Station in Woodside in April 2013.
PIX11's Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.