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New York City subway train derailment causes minor injuries

New York City subway train derailment causes minor injuries

Service on the B and C lines is suspended in both directions between 59th Street and 125th Street due to the outage.

Investigators are trying to figure out why an emergency brake suddenly activated and derailed a southbound A train near West 125th Street and injured more than 30 people Tuesday morning, officials said. The train was 200 feet from the 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue station at the time.

"This, to the best of my knowledge, does not look like a failure on the part of equipment, does not look like a failure on the part of the track itself", Lhota said.

The B and C trains have been halted altogether.

It was not yet clear if the power failure was associated with the derailment, but casualties kept rising the three injuries originally reported, according to NY1.

New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro gave reporters details on the injuries at the scene.

'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 says there was smoke but no fire. "People were falling", said passenger Susan Pak, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.




Following the accident, service was suspended or rerouted on several subway lines between upper Manhattan and northern Brooklyn, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. "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.

Julian Robinson said he was stuck on one of them for about an hour before rescuers arrived to escort passengers along the tracks into the station.

"It wasn't heavy smoke, but it was frightening", he said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who controls the MTA board, has not issued a statement on the accident.

Witnesses on the train posted photos on social media that showed damage to the floor and a door of the train.

Commuter railroads have also had problems recently.

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