Official: New York Subway Gets 'All clear' - No Undead Presence.
New York , USA
Posted: 13th, June. 2008
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ZWN Correspondent: Benjamin Marcus Wilde - ZWN - AP

ZWN recently received a reader letter suggesting the possible presence of undead in New York's vast subway system.

As a free lance reporter, I was happy to accept this assignment, a trip to new york, albeit it's subways, is always a welcome change from the bleached heat of LA.

I arrived late Thursday evening. Met at JFK by a driver I was whisked away immediately. I found out later that the drivers haste was because the one and only 'sweep' was scheduled for midnight. I am not sure why such an ominous time. I would like to think the NYPD had a sense of theatrics, but it was probably something to do with the scheduling of trains and usage of the system.

Just why I was granted access was a mystery. I suspect it had something to do with ZWN threatening to investigate regardless and the NYPD had enough on it's plate without panic and rumor fanning the flames of paranoia.

Our team
NYPD Capt. Dannis Risso, NY Transport Authority Capt. Donald Stokes, one medic and ten heavily armed NYPD officers. There was also a hazmat team at central command on call for cleanup if necessary.

City Hall station at the end of the #6 line
So I was allowed to tag along. A safe distance behind of course. This section had been closed for many years. So it was fairly easy to set up this sweep. Logistically trying to search 'live' lines would be a nightmare. But this section simply needed access granted and many gates unlocking. It was as you might expect, dark, dank, quiet. I wish I had some caveat to include at this point. Shadowy figures, menacing lurkers, zombies shambling in the shadows. truth is it was many, many miles of uneventful trudging through lines and tunnels. I was almost hoping for those bat things from 'Cloverfield' to be hanging unsettling above our heads.

Car stoppage mystery solved
Our readers letter (which inspired this report) mentioned that their subway car lost power and so they had to all get out and walk a short distance to safety. It is here that they thought they saw a mysterious figure resembling a necro-mortosis victim. It turns out that a short phone call to the NY power grid systems operator station, was able to shed light on this.

Quote: "Power began to flicker on late Thursday evening, hours after a major power outage struck simultaneously across dozens of cities in the eastern United States and Canada.

By 11 p.m. in New Jersey, power had been restored to all but 250,000 of the nearly 1 million customers who had been in the dark since just after 4 p.m.," a spokeswoman for Public Service Energy and Gas said.

The power to the stations is on the same grid as the subway cars. Abrown-out near city hall was reported at the same time our reader was left in the dark.

So I would have to say that at least from all we know so far, there is no undead presence in the New York subway system. I have no answer as to exactly who the unidentified figure was. It could have been a homeless subway dweller. It makes sense. A living thinking person would try to evade detection from our search. A mortosis reanimate would be attracted to us.

It may sound odd coming from a reporter, but I am relieved that our story turned up negative. A mortosis outbreak in New York would be devastating. We all remember how the whole central nervous system of the USA was thrown into chaos after 9/11. The very notion of a full blown undead plague within Manhattan would be beyond comprehension.


ZWN Correspondent: Benjamin Marcus Wilde - ZWN - AP

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