‘Stupidity’ caused giant drill bit to pierce packed subway car

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QUEENS (AP/PIX11) — The "stupidity" of contracted workers led to a giant drill bit piercing the ceiling of a New York City subway tunnel in October, a transit officials said.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction president Michael Horodniceanu made the comment Monday to MTA board members.

The 10-inch drill scraped an occupied train, narrowly missing a car packed with riders shortly before noon on Oct. 30. There were no injuries.

Horodniceanu said the Tutor Perini Corp. workers hadn't properly flagged the location of the drill, which was being used on the East Side Access project that will connect the Long Island Railroad with Grand Central Terminal.

He said it is "hard sometimes to battle stupidity. In this case, I don't know what else to call it."

He said Tutor Perini immediately reorganized the project's management, and the company did not respond to a request for comment.

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