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Goosed! Bird upends Q train service for almost two hours before cops recover it from PLG tracks • Brooklyn Paper

Goosed! Bird upends Q train service for almost two hours before cops recover it from PLG tracks

Got their goose: State transit leaders diverted local Q-train traffic for almost two hours on Monday after a goose wandered onto the tracks.
Photo by Marc Hermann

Talk about a fowl commute!

Straphangers on some Q trains took unexpected express trips between Prospect Park and Kings Highway stations on Monday, after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority diverted the subways so its workers could pluck a wayward goose from the tracks.

The feathered obstruction waddled onto the Coney Island–bound Q tracks near Parkside Avenue around 1:40 pm, where it lingered for more than an hour, causing delays and forcing trains to skip local stops, a spokesman for the state-run Authority said.

Cops nabbed the hapless bird more than an hour later, around 3 pm, after transit workers cut power to the tracks amid their rescue operation, according to the spokesman, who said regular Q-train service resumed soon after.

Police Department reps did not immediately return messages seeking comment about the bird’s physical state following the ordeal, or its ultimate fate.

But if the goose plays its cards right, it could wind up on the bucolic grounds of an upstate animal sanctuary in the company of two goats that animal-loving comedian Jon Stewart delivered to the refuge last year, after officials recovered the cloven-footed commuters from N-train tracks near the Hamilton Parkway station in Dyker Heights.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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