The Summer of Hell has brought the Summer of the Zombie!
A shambling, apparently oblivious man wandering through a Greenwich Village subway tunnel wreaked havoc on thousands of morning rush hour commutes Thursday.
An uptown 3 train operator was forced to slam on the brakes when the man, dressed in white, was spotted walking along the roadbed between the Christopher St. and 14th St. stations about 8 a.m.
The wanderer then decided to take a rest and was seen laying across the tracks.
“He was laying down, then got up and sat on (the) tracks feet from first train car,” commuter Casie Jordan tweeted.
The MTA quickly re-routed 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains in the area, causing massive delays.
“Power was turned off to all tracks between 34 St.-Penn Station to Christopher St. after he was observed attempting to touch the third rail and running along the tracks between stations,” MTA spokeswoman Amanda Kwan said in a statement.
Commuters were not impressed.
“All trains delayed because of a person sitting on the tracks at 14th Street, as one does on a Thursday morning,” straphanger Eileen McNamara tweeted.
Police grabbed the man and pulled him off the tracks by 8:30 a.m., an MTA spokesman said. Charges against him were pending.
All trains were allowed to resume service about 10 minutes after the man was taken to safety, Kwan said.
“Service on the previously affected lines is currently running normally,” she said.
Thursday’s unexpected delays came as Amtrak and the MTA continue a massive rehab of its tracks and switching stations in and around Penn Station.
The rehab is expected to spark massive transit delays this summer, dubbed by many transit riders as the Summer of Hell.