Minor NYC subway derailment causes outage, delays

Erika Turner
June 28, 2017

The number of subway delays has more than doubled, from about 28,000 a month in 2012 to 70,000 a month this year, The New York Times reported in February. A and D trains are holding in stations in Manhattan.

Witnesses also said the incident happened outside 125th Street station near St Nicholas Avenue due to a power cut. The Fire Department of NY said 34 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Lhota says everybody on the derailed train, as well as three other trains nearby, have been evacuated by fire department personnel.

Three injuries were reported as a result of the incident in NY, but they were not life-threatening. A and D trains were holding in stations in Manhattan, but service changes remain fluid. It was not immediately clear why the brakes were activated.

"We need to figure out what exactly caused [this], but it does not look like a failure on the part of the track itself", Lhota said of today's derailment.

The derailment has caused service disruptions on the A, B, C, D, E, F, and M lines.

Fire officials said 34 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries. "It wasn't heavy smoke, but it was frightening", he said.

"People didn't panic", he said. Emergency crews shut off track power after derailments to prevent evacuees from being electrocuted.

Williams said one woman emerged from the station with soot all over her hands.

The lights were turned off in at least one A train, and video shows people using cellphones to guide their path.

The MTA last month announced a new initiative complementary to its five-year, $29.5 billion funding plan that directs $14 billion toward improving the subway system. In recent months, several high-profile incidents have occurred, including subway trains stuck in tunnels for an hour or more. Dozens of subway lines were delayed for hours after a power outage in Midtown was felt throughout the city.

This is a breaking news story.

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