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Investigation Continues In Death Of Yonkers MTA Worker

James Romansoff, 58, of Yonkers was killed early Monday morning when he was struck by a Metro-North train while working on the tracks.
James Romansoff, 58, of Yonkers was killed early Monday morning when he was struck by a Metro-North train while working on the tracks. Photo Credit: Facebook

YONKERS, N.Y. -- The investigation continues into the death of the MTA worker from Yonkers who was killed Monday when struck by a train in Harlem.

James Romansoff, 58, was struck by a passenger train at 12:54 a.m. Monday while working near 106th Street on the Park Avenue viaduct, according to Metro-North. He was part of a crew restoring power to tracks that had been closed for weekend maintenance when he was hit by a train traveling on the Harlem Line from Grand Central Terminal to Poughkeepsie. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The matter is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration. According to Peter Knudson, a spokesperson for the NTSB, three investigators were sent to the scene of the accident to investigate what happened. Knudson said Tuesday that the investigation is still ongoing and there were no updates to report, and information would most likely be released in the form of a preliminary report once the investigation was concluded.

Metro-North recently installed safety hardware called the Enhanced Employee Protection System, designed to prevent trains from traveling down a section of track where workers are conducting maintenance. The system was in place when Romansoff was hit, according to Metro-North spokesperson Marjorie Anders.

The incident is the latest of several investigations into Metro-North by the NTSB, including the derailment in the Bronx in December that left four dead and 71 injured. The MTA recently announced the creation of a Chief Safety Officer position , and new Metro-North President Joseph Guilietti has outlined a 100-day plan to improve safety for riders and workers. Anders said that Monday's accident will not have an impact on the implementation of the plan.

"That is a very comprehensive plan, and we will do our best to implement all aspects of it," she said.

Romansoff was an eight-year employee in Metro-North's power department. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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