Outages And Delays Follow Minor New York City Subway Derailment
29 June, 2017, 07:26
A Tuesday morning derailment injured almost three dozen people after a train came off the tracks at 125 St- 8 Av in Harlem. There was extensive damage, including to multiple signals and 200 feet of track, but the 34 injuries reported were minor, per officials. Moments later, the eight-car train came to a grinding halt when the emergency brake was activated.
The train cars crashed into a wall near the 125th St station in northern Manhattan, newly-minted Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) chief Joseph Lhota said.
They were responsible, according to sources, for ensuring that a replacement rail, now considered a possible cause of the derailment, was secured in the railbed.
He said he didn't know yet if a passenger had pulled the emergency brake.
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority says two supervisors have been suspended while officials investigate a Harlem derailment that injured more than 30 people. Sparks from the train briefly ignited garbage on the track, but there was no serious fire.
But the passengers only suffered minor and non-life-threatening injuries, the officials added.
That A train was evacuated, as were three other trains in the same tunnel.
A commuter exits a closed off station after a subway train derailment, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in the Harlem neighborhood of NY. He said there was white smoke and "there was a lot of banging around in that auto - it was really bad". It opened in 2009, replacing an outmoded station that had room for only the first half of a 10-car subway train.
Photos and videos posted on social media by terrified straphangers give an insight into what happened.
The morning's commute turns chaotic for New Yorker's after subway cars derailed, and slammed into a wall.
The number of delays has soared this year and many commuters complain that they no longer can be sure they will be able to get around the city reliably. In April, a power outage backed up trains around the city and closed a key Manhattan station for 12 hours.
Reports indicate there are about 70,000 delays every month.