Minor New York City subway derailment causes outage, delays

Alvin Kelly
June 27, 2017

Three injuries were reported as a result of the incident in NY, but they were not life-threatening.

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

There were reports of smoke but MTA officials said the smoke was caused by sparks created from the train when it made a sudden stop. Firefighters are seen illuminating the way.

Service on the B and C lines is suspended in both directions between 59th Street and 125th Street due to the outage. MTA officials said the train made an emergency stop, which damaged the tracks, signal switches and the wall next to the train. A and D trains were holding in stations in Manhattan for a time, but service changes remain fluid.

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Passengers on one train tell WABC that it felt like it jumped off the tracks at around 125th Street. "Some people are crying", one passenger, Benjamin Williams, wrote on Twitter before being evacuated.

"People didn't panic", he said.

Video shows scared passengers being escorted out of a trapped subway carriage following the derailment as hundreds had to be evacuated. He said the station wasn't smoky but there was a strong, acrid smell.

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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