MTA subway operator dies after losing consciousness on Manhattan train

Clayton Guse, New York Daily News

A veteran subway operator died after being found unconscious in the cab of his train in Harlem just minutes before the end of his shift, MTA officials said Sunday.

Kevin White, 55, was driving an uptown No. 3 train through Harlem around 1:20 p.m. Friday when it came to a lengthy halt at the 145th St. station. The conductor in the middle of the train went to see what caused the delay and found White unconscious in the cab.

White was taken by paramedics to Harlem Hospital with a cardiac condition, according to the FDNY. He could not be saved.

He was on the final run of his shift and just a stop away from the No. 3 line’s northern terminal at 148th St. when he lost consciousness, according to Eric Loegel, vice president of rapid transit operations at Transport Workers Union Local 100.

“This is sad, shocking and tragic,” said Loegel. “My heart goes out to his family and friends and co-workers, and also his conductor who was working with him that day. To find your partner like that, it’s just a punch to the gut.”

White worked early morning shifts on the No. 3 line for the bulk of his 31-year career at NYC Transit, often starting before 4 a.m. and working into the afternoon.

“Even in his final moments, Kevin was a heroic worker who brought his passengers safely into the station while apparently in medical distress," said interim NYC Transit president Sarah Feinberg. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time.”

White’s death comes just two weeks after a subway conductor died after suffering an apparent cardiac episode in an employee locker room at the Euclid Ave. subway station in Brooklyn, Loegel said.

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