A Train Derailment Near 125th Street

When riders boarded a Queens-bound A Train train this morning, they assumed it would just be another regular commute to their destination. Unfortunately that was not the case after a minor derailment this morning just outside the 125th Street station that caused as of press time 34 injuries. Andrew Siff & Jennifer Millman of NBC New York have more:

 A subway derailment and power outage near the 125th Street station in Manhattan has suspended service on multiple train lines, stranding terrified riders in darkened, smoke-filled cars for two hours in some cases.

At least 34 people had injuries including smoke inhalation, though all were expected to be OK, fire officials said. About half of the victims were taken to hospitals while others were checked out at the scene.

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said at a news briefing shortly before noon Tuesday that the brakes on the A train somehow went into emergency mode, propelling the first two cars of the train into a concrete wall. Sparks erupted, fueled by garbage and other debris along the subway tracks, which caused the smoke condition, Lhota said.

The derailed train was evacuated, along with two other trains — one ahead of it and one behind it. The train derailed very close to the 125th Street station, Lhota said, and some riders were able to get off on the platform. Other panicked straphangers looked for alternate means of escape.

Click here for the complete report.

For starters I am glad to hear that no fatalities or serious injuries occurred because of the derailment. For those that are dealing with minor injuries, I wish you a speedy recovery.

This incident will definitely cause a nightmare commute for the rest of the day & perhaps the next couple of days depending on the damage. As of press time these are the service changes happening due to the derailment:

There is no A Subway train service between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 168 St in both directions.

There is shuttle A Subway train service between 168 St and Inwood-207 St in both directions.

A Subway trains are running local in Brooklyn and between Canal St and 59 St in both directions.

There is free shuttle bus service operating between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 145 St in both directions.

B Subway train service is suspended between Brighton Beach and 145 St in both directions.

C Subway train service is suspended between Euclid Av and 168 St in both directions.

There is no D Subway train service between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 161 St-Yankee Stadium in both directions.

There is shuttle D Subway train service between 161 St-Yankee Stadium and Norwood-205 St in both directions.

Some northbound F Subway trains are running on the G Subway line from Bergen St to Court Sq then via E Subway line to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av.

Some Forest Hills bound M Subway trains are terminating at Essex St.

Expect delays in A Subway, B Subway, C Subway, D Subway, E Subway, F Subway and M Subway train service.

Allow additional travel time.

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xoxo Transit Blogger

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