A morning commute for New Yorkers turned into a chaotic scene Tuesday when a subway auto slammed into a tunnel wall, derailing two of the subway trains' cars and forcing passengers to walk underground through the smoke and darkness.
A subway train derailed Tuesday morning at the 125th Street subway station, sources told the Post.
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 Fire Department of NY said 34 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials say the derailed train is in the process of being removed from the track.
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The accident quickly rippled throughout the system, causing long delays on a number of lines, with some commuters reporting being stranded on subway cars underground for more than an hour.
"We had no idea where the smoke was coming from", Danny said.
The accident spurred numerous transit delays and cancellations, as well, on the A, B, C, D, E, F and M lines.
That train was evacuated, Lhota said, as were three other trains in the same tunnel.
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Passengers were evacuated from the derailed train, as well as three other trains, including one C and one D, that were also in the tunnel at the time, the MTA said.
Lhota said the smoke was caused by sparks and the garbage and sanitation along the tracks. He said he didn't know yet if a passenger had pulled the emergency brake.
Dozens of riders were injured in Harlem Tuesday when a subway train derailed and careened into a wall, authorities said. It said there was smoke, but no fire. "Shortly after, we smelled a strong gas smell. 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 Riders Alliance, an organization of subway and bus riders in NY, blamed the derailment on the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo.
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