Injured As New York City Subway Train Derails

Louis Holland
June 28, 2017

A morning commute for New Yorkers turned into a chaotic scene Tuesday when a subway vehicle slammed into a tunnel wall, derailing two of the subway trains' cars and forcing passengers to walk underground through the smoke and darkness.

Passengers shared photos and messages that described a chaotic moment when an A train crashed into a wall at 125th Street in Manhattan.

All passengers on the original A train were evacuated.

Passengers on the A train said it suddenly jerked and began shaking violently as it approached the station at 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.

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

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Danny said passengers pried the train doors open to get to another vehicle, which was pitch black and also had smoke.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was reporting major delays as a result.

"We had no idea where the smoke was coming from", Danny said.

Some passengers reported the lights and air conditioning failing on their carriages after several trains along lines B, C, A D were affected by the stoppage.

This story was updated at 2pm to include updated injury reports, additional trains halted, and images.

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Lhota said the smoke was caused by sparks and the garbage and sanitation along the tracks.

"The emergency brakes automatically went on. People were falling", said passenger Susan Pak, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

The train derailed as the MTA was preparing to celebrate the reopening of a subway station at the southern tip of Manhattan that had been closed since it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. It said there was smoke, but no fire. The authority has confirmed damage to tracks, switches and the adjacent tunnel wall, all of which takes time to fix.

"We're seeing the effects of an outdated transit system", State Sen. "Shortly after, we smelled a strong gas smell".

The MTA's Long Island Railroad is also having trouble. Shuttle A Subway train service between 168 St and Inwood-207 St in both directions.

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