Subway riders said they felt a jolt, smelled smoke and thought they were going to die when their train suffered a minor derailment in Harlem during the Tuesday morning rush hour.
Passengers shared photos and messages that described a chaotic moment when an A train crashed into a wall at 125th Street in Manhattan. "As the subway crumbles from decades of neglect, Gov. Cuomo continues to point fingers instead of coming up with a credible plan to fix the MTA", Raskin said also referring to a stalled F train in early June which left crowds of people trapped for over an hour near the Broadway-Lafayette station.
The chairman of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said transit officials are investigating why the train's emergency brakes went on before the derailment approaching the station at 125th Street and St Nicholas Avenue.
The city fire department says crews are on scene with three non life-threatening injuries reported.
The New York City subway system has been hampered by aging infrastructure (leading to signal failures and power outages) and equipment, as well as surging numbers of riders for years, but the rush-hour delays have been especially ludicrous this summer. It said there was smoke but no fire.
Service on the A, B, C and D lines has been suspended until the investigation is completed.
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The lights were turned off in at least one A train, and video shows people using cellphones to guide their path.
Lhota said the smoke was caused by sparks and the garbage and sanitation along the tracks. Initially people panicked a little bit then and we realized we had to move. A and D trains were holding in stations in Manhattan for a time, but service changes remain fluid.
Williams said one woman walked out of the station with soot all over her hands.
Commuter railroads have fared no better.
Subway service was disrupted for hours and there were several minor injuries.
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