By New York Times Â A subway maintenance supervisor was electrocuted early Monday morning while working on track repairs in the Rockaways, the first on-the-job death of a transit worker in three years. Â The supervisor, James Knell, 45, a 13-year veteran of the subway system, was assisting on a track replacement project near the Beach 90th Street Station on the A line when he slipped and fell, touching the electrified third rail, officials said. The accident occurred around 4:30 a.m., as workers were preparing to reopen the track for morning rush service. Â “It’s never easy to have an employee fatality, but we did have one today,” said Thomas F. Prendergast, the president of New York City Transit, who announced the death at a meeting of the authority’s board. Mr. Knell, of East Rockaway, N.Y., is survived by his wife and two stepchildren, the authority said. Â The agency is investigating the accident.
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