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MTA’s first female escalator mechanic dies while giving birth to twin girls

Julia Romanmade history as the MTA’s first female escalator mechanic. She died giving birth to twins. (GoFundMe)

NEW YORK — The MTA’s first female escalator mechanic died while giving birth to twin girls, a union spokesperson said.

Julia Roman of Dumont, New Jersey was 43. She’d worked for the MTA for 15 years.

She’s survived by her husband, Victor, a general superintendent with NYC Transit, her 5-year-old daughter and twins Isabella and Grace.

Roman was one of the few women mechanics in her department.

“This is a terrible tragedy,” John Chiarello, Vice President of Maintenance of Way, said.  “Julia was a pioneer in her field. She was one of just a handful of women in her job title. She was a good co-worker, a good union person and a former shop steward. She will be sorely missed.”

A GoFundMe page is raising funds for her family.

“This family is going through an unimaginable ordeal and they need our help,” Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano said.