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Supervisors suspended amid NYC subway derailment probe

Supervisors suspended amid NYC subway derailment probe

Passengers were evacuated from a disabled subway train in New York, June 27, 2017.

Passengers on the A train said it suddenly jerked and began shaking violently as it approached the station at 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.

"Thirty-six people had to be transported to hospitals in the area, all of minor injuries", he said.

A preliminary investigation found the southbound A train, a line that runs through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, struck a tunnel wall and derailed in Harlem after a replacement rail that was stored on the tracks was not properly bolted down, the MTA said in a statement.

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, service was suspended or rerouted on several subway lines running between upper Manhattan and northern Brooklyn following the accident.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat whose office controls funding for the MTA, has vowed to improve the broken system as the frustration of city residents grows.




According to the new boss of the MTA, Joseph Lhota, quoted by the local channel NY 1, the derailment would have been preceded by the activation of the emergency brake of the train, for reasons that are still unexplained.

The MTA said it is investigating the incident and what triggered the emergency brakes to activate as they do not know yet whether it was a person pulling them or if they went off on their own. "I've never experienced anything like this in my life and I've been in NY all my life".

Multiple other trains were stopped and evacuated as a result of the derailment, with evacuations taking over an hour for some. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

The No. 1 train prepares to leave the South Ferry Station, Tuesday June 27, 2017, in NY.

"I will vouch for reports that the train left the rails", another passenger, Mary Hodges, said. Emergency crews shut off track power after derailments to prevent evacuees from being electrocuted. The smoke was caused by sparks and the garbage and sanitation along the subway tracks.

The number of subway delays has tripled in the past five years, to 70,000 per month. Joseph Lhota, who Cuomo appointed as MTA chairman last Wednesday, was on the scene.


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