New York Train Derails: A Line Goes Off Rails In Manhattan, At Least 34 Injured [VIDEO]

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The A train is one of the most used line by New Yorkers, because connects almost all the boroughs. The morning of Tuesday, June 27, around 9:45 AM, the train went off the rails causing the cancellation of the service, and leaving thousands of passengers unable to reach their destination.

Local press reported that at least 34 people were injured, while the Metropolitan Transportation Administration (MTA) indicated that the derailment affected two wagons on an A-train and occurred between 135th and 125th Streets in Manhattan.

Of those affected, 17 were taken to Harlem and Columbia Presbyterian hospitals and the rest were treated by paramedics at the scene of the incident. Most of the injuries were by inhalation of smoke.

Some of the trains share the same lanes to make connections with other lines, so in addition to A, the service was also suspended on lines C, B and D in both directions.

The passengers inside the affected wagons, while being evacuated with the help of the emergency services, shared videos in their social networks. Officials said that about 800 people were evacuated in total from three trains that were in the tunnels, including the one that was derailed.

According to the MTA, the activation of an emergency brake caused the train to derail and rub against a wall of the station. They also indicated that the smoke we can see on the videos, was caused by the garbage accumulated in the rails that ignited in fire. 

Newly minted MTA chairman Joe Lhota and Ronnie Hakim, the MTA’s acting executive director, said there was no telling when subway service would be fully restored. Lhota said workers still had to remove the derailed train to determine the extent of the damage to the tracks. “Our goal is to get back and running and quickly as possible,” he added.

The MTA announced late Tuesday that the C line will remain suspended through the evening. The A line will run local in both directions between 168 St. and 59 St., and express in both directions between 59 St. and Canal St., the MTA said.

B trains will operate between Brighton Beach and 96 St-2 Ave. while D trains will run local between 205 St and 59 St-Columbus Circle, and normal in both directions between 59 St and Coney Island-Stillwell Ave.

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