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Amtrak Substation Electrician Fatality Injured in Bronx
Updated On: Dec 08, 2019

On December 6, 2019, BMWED/IBEW Brother Jarrett Erhart (27), a substation electrician was fatally injured in a tragic accident at Amtrak’s Sub #46 in the Bronx.

Brother Jarrett started his railroad career in 2017, first with the BMWED and recently with the IBEW. Those that were lucky enough to know him were blessed. His smile and kindness touched those in his presence. A railroader through and through, Brother Jarrett looked forward to work, and to working with his peers. He was proud of his work and was proud of his union(s).

A veteran of the United States Marine Corp, Platoon Sergeant Erhart served two distinguished tours in the Middle East. Our Brother is survived by a wife and loving family.

We will post funeral arrangements soon as they become available. 

Below is a link for the go-fund-me page to help with the Jarrett Erhart Memorial fund.

An Injury To One Is An Injury To All. 

Rest In Peace Brother.

An Injury To One Is An Injury To All

PARKCHESTER, Bronx (WABC) -- An Amtrak maintenance worker was killed and two others were injured following an explosion triggered by an electrical accident near a railyard in the Bronx Thursday.

It happened on Unionport Road in the Parkchester section around 11 a.m., at an Amtrak substation located next to Con Edison's Van Nest facility.

Authorities say the worker was doing fuse work on a transformer, and the power was supposed to be turned off but wasn't.

"I looked over to my left, and I saw right by the train tracks...I saw this big fireball," said witness Lela Sookchan, who was driving on the Unionport Bridge that overlooks the tracks and substation. "I didn't know what was happening, so there were a few cars in front of me that I start honking my horn so they can move, you know, we could get off the bridge. I really don't know what's going on, so I ended up calling 911."

An Injury To One Is An Injury To All

The worker was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two workers suffered minor injuries.

Train traffic was temporarily halted in the area, and Amtrak delays were reported as a result of the police investigation.

Amtrak issued the following statement:

"We are deeply saddened to report the death of an Amtrak employee. The incident happened at approximately 11:05 a.m. at a substation just outside of New York City. There are reports of two additional nonlife-threatening employee injuries. Trains are being delayed through the area as local authorities respond. A full investigation is underway."

It is unclear why the power was not shut off, and the investigation is ongoing.

An Injury To One Is An Injury To All

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