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MTA worker’s bathroom break sparks commuter chaos on five subway lines

A nasty clogged-up toilet and nature calling for an MTA worker during Friday’s morning rush-hour disrupted subway service on five different lines, according to the transit agency and a report.

The bathroom break caused temporary service changes on the A, C and E lines and prompted delays on those lines, as well as hold-ups on the F and M lines, the MTA said.

The website Jalopnik, citing a source, reported that a toilet that has been backed up for three days was the culprit behind the morning service disruptions.

A tower operator at Manhattan’s Port Authority tower, which controls “critical” switches on the C and E lines, had to go to the bathroom but could not use the blocked-up toilet in the tower, so the worker had to go into the station to relieve himself, according to the site.

“Without a tower operator at the helm, trains can’t run up the local track (the C and E trains) due to the particulars of how that switch works. Further, there’s no one to send the northbound E’s to Queens instead of up 8th Avenue,” Jalopnik reported.

“That’s why NYCT had to divert trains while the tower operator hit the head, instead of merely announcing ‘delays’ on the line, which is what happens when the crews on the train have to run into the station to answer nature’s call.”

The MTA’s NYCT Subway Twitter account tweeted at 8:42 a.m. that there would be service changes “while our crew takes a pit stop.”

One curious straphanger then replied to the tweet asking: “what does this even mean?” to which the NYCT Subway account tweeted back at 9:17 a.m.: “Hi there. A member of the train crew needed a restroom break. They have since gotten back on their train and are getting on the move.”

Twitter user @mullymt tweeted back, writing: “I appreciate the honesty, at least.”

During the disruptions, trains on the C line ran express from Canal Street to 59th Street-Columbus Circle in both directions, while northbound E trains ran on the F line from West 4th-Washington Square to Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue.

The MTA did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Post.

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