Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

NYC subway train derails, scaring passengers and injuring 34

NYC subway train derails, scaring passengers and injuring 34

NEW YORK (AP) - 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.

Witnesses on the train posted photos on social media that showed damage to the floor and a door of the train. She said the A train jerked and began shaking violently as it approached the station at 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.

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

Joe Lhota (LOH'-tuh) said Tuesday there were no initial indications of equipment or track failure before two cars derailed and scraped a wall on Tuesday morning.

Delays were reported throughout the subway system, which has been plagued by problems this year. It said there was smoke but no fire.

Service on the A train between the Jay Street/MetroTech and 207th Street stations was suspended while the C was not running at any point along the line.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) confirmed that a train derailed and seven people suffered from non-life-threatening injuries.

"People were going insane and it was very chaotic and traumatizing", said subway rider Jazmil Genao.

One of the passengers on the train, Medina Browne, said: "At first we didn't know what was happening so it was just really an irritant, just an inconvenience". The authority has confirmed damage to tracks, switches and the adjacent tunnel wall, all of which takes time to fix.

The lights were turned off in at least one A train, and video shows people using cellphones to guide their path. The sparks caused a small fire that lasted only briefly, Nigro said.

"We're seeing the effects of an outdated transit system", State Sen.

It also comes less than two weeks before the start of Amtrak's summer-long work to fix aging infrastructure at New York Penn Station, a project that is expected to increase subway volume as commuters seek alternatives.

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