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Accident in NY subway: injured more than 30 people

Accident in NY subway: injured more than 30 people

Following the accident, service was suspended or rerouted on several subway lines between upper Manhattan and northern Brooklyn, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. The station reopened Tuesday, almost five years after it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

Another passenger said on Twitter that there were sparks seen after the train hit the wall inside the station. He says seven people suffered minor injuries, mostly smoke inhalation. He said there was white smoke, and "there was a lot of banging around in that auto - it was really bad".

'People were in and out of their seats all over screaming, power went out and then it stopped and the auto filled up with smoke, ' another stressed-out straphanger said.

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.

They later said the cause "appears to be human error, not a track defect" after their preliminary investigation found a piece of replacement rail was stored on the tracks and not bolted down.

The incident occurred just before 10 a.m. ET Tuesday as a southbound A train approached the 125th Street station in Harlem.

The passengers inside the affected wagons, while being evacuated with the help of the emergency services, shared videos in their social networks. "I've never experienced anything like this in my life and I've been in NY all my life". "It wasn't heavy smoke, but it was frightening", he said.




The Riders Alliance, an organization of subway and bus riders in NY, blamed the derailment on the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Lhota, who is just five days into his post, told reporters that investigators are working to determine the cause of the derailment. Emergency crews shut off track power after derailments to prevent evacuees from being electrocuted.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the derailment "an unacceptable manifestation of the system's current state".

The city's transportation officials have been under fire for a growing number of delays.

Commuter railroads have also had problems recently.

Reports indicate there are about 70,000 delays every month.


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