One auto of a subway train derailed in Upper Manhattan, triggering a power outage that halted service on four lines and stranded some straphangers Tuesday morning.
The southbound A train was just outside the 125th Street station in Harlem when the emergency break automatically turned on, according to Joe Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Photos of the train posted on social media showed its metal side deeply scraped and dented from being dragged along the wall of the subway tunnel.
Six patients suffered minor injuries after one vehicle of a southbound A train hit the wall of a tunnel at West 128th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue in Harlem.
Fire Department Commissioner Nigro gave reporters details on the injuries at the scene.New York City's subway system, which carries 5.7 million riders on a typical weekday, has come under increasing criticism in recent months for extensive delays and infrastructure in poor condition.
At the time of the derailment, passengers reported their train auto filling with smoke, and some panicked straphangers forced their way out of the cars onto the tracks, reported the NY Daily News. Delays were consequently reported throughout the subway system.
The FDNY said 500 passengers walked on the tracks, which Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro called "a unsafe thing" to do.
A, B, C and D train service was suspended as a result, the agency said.
The B and C trains have been halted altogether. He said he didn't know yet if a passenger had pulled the emergency brake.
"This does not look like a failure on the part of equipment", Lhota said. "People were falling", said passenger Susan Pak, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. It said there was smoke, but no fire.
Another passenger said on Twitter that there were sparks seen after the train hit the wall inside the station.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who controls the MTA board, has not issued a statement on the accident.
The number of subway delays have tripled in the past five years, to 70,000 per month.