Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

NYC subways restored a day after derailment

NYC subways restored a day after derailment

(Jackie Faherty via AP).

Emergency service personnel work at the scene of a subway train derailment, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in the Harlem neighborhood of NY.

The South Ferry station opened at noon Tuesday, almost five years after it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The station reopened Tuesday, almost five years after it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews). MTA workers place a "flood door" decal onto steel doors leading to the No. 1 train South Ferry subway station, Tuesday June 27, 2017, in NY. The station reopened Tuesday, almost five years after it was flooded by Super.

"It was a big inconvenience for a long time", said plumber Don Geba, a passenger on the first train to leave the new station.

Almost three dozen people suffered minor injuries in the derailment, which happened in Harlem just before 10 a.m. They are suspended without pay pending a formal review process.

According to the Daily News, the incident severely disrupted service during the morning rush-hour. Sparks erupted, briefly igniting garbage and other debris along the subway tracks, causing heavy smoke but no serious fire, Lhota said. Evacuating everyone from the underground station took more than an hour and a half, he said.

A Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) spokesman, said: "Customers should never leave a train on their own - it's risky and potentially deadly and it requires us to shut down entire lines and delay thousands of other customers because of the safety hazard it presents". Lhota said most of those injured suffered from smoke inhalation.

The derailment caused significant damage to the track, switch system and tunnel, dramatic photos released by the union showed.

Human error, not faulty equipment, led to the derailment of an A train in Harlem that injured 39 people Tuesday morning, according to the MTA.

It wasn't immediately clear how the equipment was improperly stored, but it somehow triggered the emergency brake of a southbound A train as it approached the 125th Street station about 9:48 a.m. and threw two cars off the tracks, officials said. The agency was hoping to restore normal service for morning commuters, although they can still expect some delays.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it expects to resume limited service on the A, B, and D lines following a subway derailment in Harlem.

Lhota, who is just five days into his post, told reporters that investigators are working to determine the cause of the derailment.

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

The Fire Department of NY and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said an A train derailed and hit a wall near 125th Street along St. Nicholas Avenue just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. The derailment tossed people to the floor and forced hundreds of passengers to evacuate through darkened tunnels.

In its statement, the MTA says crews are inspecting "every inch of rail" to ensure that replacement parts are properly stored and secured.

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