M Train Accident @ Chambers Street

Chambers Street station on the J, M, & Z; Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

This morning, the Chambers Street station on the J, M, & Z lines was the scene of an ugly accident involving an M train. The incident occurred at approximately 10:55 a.m. after the M train dropped off passengers. According to the MTA press release, the train which was approaching the relay position struck the bumper block outside of the station. Here is the full press release:

At approximately 10:55 a.m., a southbound M train approaching the relay (turn around) position struck the bumper block outside of the Chambers Street station. The train, which runs between Lower Manhattan and Middle Village, Queens, was in between runs and had discharged all customers at Chambers Street. Due to the collision, the train operator was briefly trapped in the cab of the first car. He was subsequently removed to St. Vincent’s Hospital. The train did not derail; however, there is significant damage to the first two cars and somewhat lighter damage to another four. The cause of this incident is under investigation. There was no effect to service.

Unfortunately posters at the popular transit forum Subchat turned the thread about the incident into a debate about why details such as pictures of such events should or should not be posted. A transit worker was taken to a hospital due to the accident & will definitely face intense questioning from the MTA about this. Instead of focusing on his condition, possible causes to the accident, & what trouble he might face from the MTA, the thread harps on unnecessary details about proper protocol for handling information about such incidents….

So sad but yet so typical………

xoxo Transit Blogger

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