Giant Drill Bit Narrowly Misses A Speeding F Train

October 31, 2014 | Rhett Jones

On Thursday, a contracted construction crew almost made a subway-shish-kebab out of an F train traveling through Long Island City. The contractors were extending an underground well related to the East Side Access project when their huge drill missed its target and went straight through an F train tunnel, scraping the side of a car and shattering windows.

Around 11:45 am, the train was carrying about 800 passengers when the conductor heard a loud noise and stopped the train with the emergency brake. Griffin Dewatering New England Inc. was working as a contractor for the MTA, helping connect the Long Island Rail Road with Grand Central station, and they clearly missed their target with the massive 10-inch drill bit.

The contractor has not responded to requests for comment. The only explanation offered so far is, “somebody made a mistake.”

(Photo: MTA)