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Lawsuit: Subway not ready for evacuation

The subway system is not prepared to handle a mass evacuation in the case of a fire, explosion or terrorist attack, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday by an MTA veteran.

The subway system is not prepared to handle a mass evacuation in the case of a fire, explosion or terrorist attack, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday by an MTA veteran.

Peter Nichik, a former station operation superintendent who worked for the MTA for 25 years, filed the lawsuit after he noticed that subway gates near the West Indian Day Parade in 2007 were open but not padlocked, the New York Post reported.

That meant someone could enter the station, close the gates and then lock them, which would trap thousands inside if a bomb went off or a fire broke out.

Nichik said when he brought the concern to his superiors, not only was he ignored, he was also suspended and demoted.

An MTA spokesperson said the department has had a procedure in place since 2008 to make sure all 24-hour security gates are padlocked in the open position.

 
 
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