Transit agency: Human error caused subway train derailment

Subway car derails, disrupts train service in NYC

Subway car derails, disrupts train service in NYC

A commuter exits a closed off station after a subway train derailment, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in the Harlem neighborhood of NY.

A staff member of Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) stands guard at the entrance of 125 Street Station in Harlem, New York, the United States on June 27, 2017.

And one witness told CBS New York: 'All of a sudden it was like the train just started like banging against the walls of the tunnel.

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".

Fire officials said 34 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries. To address the issue, the MTA said it would begin a "system-wide initiative" to tackle track and signal issues, equipment failures, and other problems contributing to delays.

Meanwhile, service had resumed on the four subway lines affected by Tuesday's derailment by about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the accident that injured 34 people.

Two cars in the Brooklyn-bound A train careened off the tracks after the emergency brake was activated. "The brakes went into emergency and we need to determine why".

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Per the Daily News, De Blasio (who does not have the power to fix the subways) did not respond to questions about the event.

Passengers ended up walking through the darkened cars using their cellphone lights and exiting onto the platform.

The train derailed as the MTA was preparing to celebrate the reopening of a subway station at the southern tip of Manhattan that had been closed since 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.

Riders shared pictures and videos on social media of the incident. The smoke was caused by sparks and the garbage and sanitation along the subway tracks.

The number of delays has soared this year and many commuters complain that they no longer can be sure they will be able to get around the city reliably. A report released earlier this month found that rush-hour cancellations and delays on the railroad are at the highest level in ten years.

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