Thursday, 18 January, 2018

NYC subway train derails, scaring passengers and injuring 34

Sandy Vega | 28 June, 2017, 02:22

A subway train derailed near a station in Harlem on Tuesday, frightening passengers and resulting in minor injuries as hundreds of people were evacuated from trains along the subway line.

Investigators are trying to figure out why an emergency brake suddenly activated and derailed a southbound A train near West 125th Street and injured more than 30 people Tuesday morning, officials said.

All passengers on the original A train were evacuated.

Six patients suffered minor injuries after one auto of a southbound A train hit the wall of a tunnel at West 128th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue in Harlem.

The Fire Department of NY says a handful of people were treated for minor injuries at around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials say the derailed train is in the process of being removed from the track.

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The fire and police departments conducted a joint operation - involving 300 responders - in order to round up the passengers and bring them above ground, Nigro said.

C train service is suspended between Euclid Ave and 168th Street in both directions.

The MTA urged stranded riders on other trains not to get off their subways and to wait for directions from crew.

"This does not look like a failure on the part of equipment".

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, service was suspended or rerouted on several subway lines running between upper Manhattan and northern Brooklyn following the accident. He said he didn't know if a passenger had pulled the emergency brake. It said there was smoke, but no fire.

"It is my expectation that with new leadership brought by Joe Lhota, the MTA will address the fundamental issues plaguing the transit system and overhaul the organizational structure of the MTA", the Democratic governor said. Initially people panicked a little bit then and we realized we had to move. He said the station wasn't smoky, but there was a strong, acrid smell. And with shuttle bus service already underway, chances aren't looking good for a smooth ride home.

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