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MTA train operator dies after Bronx rail yard incident

A subway worker was declared dead after she was found unconscious Thursday near tracks in a Bronx rail yard, authorities said.

Azure Forde, 38, had started work at NYC Transit in May as a train operator, said transit sources.

A colleague found her unconscious around 8:20 a.m. at the Mosholu Yard in Jerome Park, which serves the No. 4 train. She was rushed to Montefiore Hospital, but could not be saved.

Forde appears to have died of a medical problem, and she did not suffer any trauma indicating she was hit by a train or electrocuted by a third rail, said police. The city Medical Examiner will determine the cause of her death.

Forde lived in Central Harlem. A man who identified himself as an uncle called her “one of the smartest people I have ever met.” Other relatives declined to comment.

“The Transit family is heartbroken to have lost a colleague as she was putting a train into service at the Mosholu Yard to help move New Yorkers,” NYC Transit president Richard Davey said in a statement.

The agency is “conducting a thorough investigation to determine what happened,” Davey said.

Transport Workers Union Local 100 said it had agreed with MTA management on a 24-hour safety stand down while Forde’s death is investigated. During safety stand downs, non-emergency work is suspended.

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