dglobalnews.com New York City subway riders evacuated from disabled train
Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

New York City subway riders evacuated from disabled train

New York City subway riders evacuated from disabled train

The A, C and D trains are holding in stations in both directions, the MTA announced.

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.

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

Multiple other trains were stopped and evacuated as a result of the derailment, with evacuations taking over an hour for some. Delays were consequently reported throughout the subway system.

In addition to the nearly three dozen that were injured, about 500 people were forced to evacuate and walk through the smoke-filled tunnels to safety.

Two of the eight cars on the train derailed just before 10 a.m. Sparks from the skidding train briefly ignited garbage on the track, but there was no serious fire, said Joe Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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Emergency personnel have responded to a Manhattan subway station where passengers were reporting smoke and a loss of power.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said 34 people were injured after the incident on the subway at 125th Street in Harlem on Tuesday morning, with 17 needing to be transported to nearby hospitals.

Video shows scared passengers being escorted out of a trapped subway carriage following the derailment as hundreds had to be evacuated. It says there was smoke but no fire. The MTA, the organization that runs the city's transit system, has been trying to address some of the issues that are causing delays, but with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio constantly fighting about the subways, resolution seems a ways off. "It was a smooth ride, then the train felt jerky. then it gets severe and I saw an explosion, the train comes to a stop - people start screaming", said Kelly Kopp, 48, of Washington Heights.

The MTA's Long Island Railroad is also having trouble.

Williams said one woman walked out of the station with soot all over her hands. Shuttle A Subway train service between 168 St and Inwood-207 St in both directions.

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