After a long day at work, commuters on the D train had a little extra to deal with, namely crickets and worms with newfound freedom.
On Wednesday at about 6 p.m., a woman boarded a crowded D train peddling crickets and worms that she held in a box, the New York Post reported. A group of teenagers bumped the woman and the chirpies and crawlies were airborne.
"People started running toward the back of the train,” 29-year-old Bensonhurst resident Chris Calabrese, who was on the train with his girlfriend, told Gothamist. “They had crickets on their shirts, on their pants, in their hair. They were everywhere. There were women crying. It was the same type of chaos you would see if she had a gun or bomb."
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As the passengers moved to one side of the train, swatting at their cricket-covered bodies, someone reportedly pulled the emergency brake and the train skidded to a stop on the Manhattan Bridge. The passengers were stuck for about a half hour with no air conditioning and plenty of creeping critters.
“It was pandemonium,” Calabrese told the New York Post. “It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen on a train.”
The witness who posted the video on Facebookdescribed the womanas “in full on psychosis,” but not a threat to anyone. Even when she allegedly urinated on the floor.
“She was banging on the doors and trying to climb out the windows. Everyone had crickets on their arms. My girlfriend was crying,” Calabrese told the Post. “Then some men were trying to hold her down and she started trying to throw up on them.”
The train pulled into the Dekalb Avenue station and the woman was removed from the train. The MTA declined to comment on the crickets, the Post reported.
There are crickets in subway rn and they won't stop being loud af. Send help— Emma☺ (@emmapapslinky) August 25, 2016
Woman just let crickets out on the D Train as we went over the Manhattan Bridge. Panic ensued. Someone pulled the E-Brake. Stuck. New York.— Ezra Mechaber (@ezramechaber) August 24, 2016