Dozens of people were injured when two NY subway train cars careened off the tracks, leaving hundreds of people stuck for more than an hour, a fire department spokesman said. Officials said most of the injuries involved smoke inhalation and none were life-threatening.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was reporting major delays as a result.
MacKrell then tweeted about the evacuation, saying: 'Folks calmed quickly and within 5 minutes MTA personelle were clearing passengers forward onto the 125 platform.
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According to the Daily News, panicked passengers aboard the A train and a trailing D train broke windows in their subway cars and climbed out to the tracks.
"I will vouch for reports that the train left the rails", another passenger, Mary Hodges, said.
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Two of the train's cars made it into the 125th street station, and the derailment caused damage to the tracks and disrupted service throughout the day.
Smoke was seen pouring out of the tunnel, with numerous 39 injured believed to have been suffering from smoke inhalation. The Fire Department of NY said 34 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
In a statement released late Tuesday night, MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim said storing equipment between tracks is "a common practice employed by railroads across the country to accelerate rail repairs".
'People were in and out of their seats all over screaming, power went out and then it stopped and the vehicle filled up with smoke, ' another stressed-out straphanger said. It is "under investigation", said the company MTA, which manages transit in NY city. "It wasn't heavy smoke, but it was frightening", he said. Emergency crews shut off track power after derailments to prevent evacuees from being electrocuted.
Pictures and video posted on social media showed passengers evacuating through darkened subway tunnels.
The number of delays has soared this year and many commuters complain that they no longer can be sure they will be able to get around the city reliably. In April, a power outage backed up trains around the city and closed a key Manhattan station for 12 hours.