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December 15, 2018

Four MTA workers sickened after straphanger blasts pepper spray on Manhattan subway

November 28, 2018
Four MTA workers were sickened after one man blasted another with pepper spray on a No. 4 train approaching Grand Central Monday night, cops said. (Howard Simmons / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

A rider blasted another with pepper spray on a crowded Manhattan subway Tuesday night, sending straphangers running and sickening four transit workers, polices said.

The chaos unfolded on a Downtown No. 4 express train pulling into Grand Central at about 7 p.m., cops said. Two men started fighting, and one of them sprayed the other with pepper spray, then ran off.




Four Metropolitan Transportation Authority platform conductors inhaled the noxious chemicals, and were taken to Bellevue Medical Center for treatment, officials said.

The man who got sprayed made his own way to an area hospital, cops said.

One of the platform conductors said she saw people running off the train in a panic, according to officials with the Transport Workers Union Local 100.

“There’s a crazy man! There’s a crazy man! Call the police,” one man told the conductor, who alerted her superiors.

She spotted another man in a button-down shirt, pouring water from a bottle on his head as he bent over in pain, before he was overcome by the chemicals.\

“I couldn’t talk. It was burning my throat. I was coughing. I couldn’t get close to him. The smell was so overpowering,” she said, according to union officials.

Cops were still looking for the suspect Tuesday night.

Union president Tony Utano said Tuesday that transit workers regularly deal with violent incidents.

“Transit workers are on the front lines and face hazards all the time,” Utano said.

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