Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Transit agency: Human error caused subway train derailment

Subway train derails, scaring passengers and injuring dozens Transit agency: Human error caused subway train derailment
Francis Olson | 28 June, 2017, 21:48

"The train was peeled open like a can opener", Paul Navarro, track division chairman for the Transport Workers Union, told the New York Daily News after visiting the accident site. Riders on the crowded southbound A train were evacuated and had to walk through an underground tunnel to the nearest station; it took about an hour to get all 800 or so people out.

One of the passengers on the train, Medina Browne, said: "At first we didn't know what was happening so it was just really an irritant, just an inconvenience".

The Fire Department of NY said three patients were being treated for minor injuries. Two of the train's cars derailed and scraped the side of the subway tunnel, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

In a statement issued. It is "under investigation", said the company MTA, which manages transit in NY city. "I've never experienced anything like this in my life and I've been in NY all my life".

Three other trains approaching the station halted in their tracks.

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He said riders ended up walking through the darkened cars using cellphones for light and exiting onto the platform. Emergency crews shut off track power after derailments to prevent evacuees from being electrocuted. While he's out there testing driverless cars, people are yelling at him to fix the damn subways. The station reopened Tuesday, almost five years after it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

The South Ferry station opened at noon Tuesday, almost five years after it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

Photos and videos posted on social media by terrified straphangers give an insight into what happened.

It also comes less than two weeks before the start of Amtrak's summer-long work to fix aging infrastructure at New York Penn Station, a project that is expected to increase subway volume as commuters seek alternatives. A report earlier this month found rush-hour cancellations and delays on New York's Long Island Rail Road are at the highest level in 10 years.

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