service shut down for 2 hours after kittens wander onto tracks
- By PHILIP MESSING, LIA EUSTACHEWICH, and REBECCA HARSHBARGER
- Last Updated: 9:59 PM, August 29, 2013
- Posted: 3:30 PM, August 29, 2013
Two kittens caused major delays on the B & Q Trains in Brooklyn.
The MTA and NYPD rescued two adorable kittens from the subway tracks early this evening after they caused huge headaches for Brooklyn commuters this morning.
An MTA worker, a plainclothes cop, and a uniformed officer captured the gray and white tabby, and a black kitten from the tracks after 6 p.m. at the Church Avenue station, placing them in a milk crate.
The two kittens were initially spotted on the tracks at the Church Avenue station with a black kitten shortly before 11:05 a.m., according to witnesses.
Power was shut off between Dekalb Avenue and Brighton Beach in both directions, and public service announcements were made.
One conductor said, “There is no service to Manhattan on the Q or B line because of cats and kittens on the tracks at Church Avenue.”Riders had strong reactions when they learned why service was stopped.
A middle-aged, feline-hating straphanger who declined to give his name lost his temper. “Can you believe this? All for g-------- cats! I hate cats!”
At least two MTA workers donning orange vests went down onto the tracks with a cat carrier, but the kittens ran off in opposite directions, according to witnesses.
Service was resumed two hours later, shortly before 1:10 p.m.
But the duo returned to the roadbed, and could be seen peacefully napping underneath the third rail next to several discarded iced tea bottles and batteries.
The cats showcased their nine lives by avoiding being struck by the train.
After 6 p.m., the B and Q began running local service-- giving the MTA and NYPD a window for the kitty track rescue.