Subway train derails, scaring passengers and injuring dozens

Subway passengers on an A train with the lights out after it halted just shy of the 125th street stop in New York's Harlem neighbourhood

Subway car derails, disrupts train service in NYC

The episode intensified scrutiny of New York's antiquated subway system - one of the world's busiest, with more than 5.6 million average daily trips - which has drawn the ire of riders as delays soar and incidents build up.

Tuesday's crash, which happened just before 10 a.m. local time near the 125th Street station, forced the evacuation of passengers from dark, smoke-filled train cars.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says Wednesday that work continues on the express tracks around the 125th Street station in Harlem. According to the Fire Department of NY, a handful of people were treated for minor injuries following the derailment around 10am. The accident resulted in delays and suspensions across the subway system, and officials were not sure when full service would be restored.

The MTA released a statement later that night to say the cause of the derailment was not a track defect, but instead 'appears to be human error, ' according to CBS New York. Earlier in the day, Lhota had said that the agency was investigating why the emergency brake was activated before the derailment.

"It is my expectation that with new leadership brought by Joe Lhota, the MTA will address the fundamental issues plaguing the transit system and overhaul the organizational structure of the MTA", the Democratic governor said. Riders on the train were evacuated, but passengers on other stalled trains took matters into their own hands; many exited trains themselves and walked on the tracks, leading first responders to go below ground and lead them to safety. It slammed into a wall, tearing open a door, and flung terrified passengers from their seats as it damaged tracks and tunnel gear, officials said. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

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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.

That sort of comprehensive investment into the subway system, Dwyer argues, is necessary to get the transit system back on track and prevent incidents like Tuesday's derailment-not an obvious statement, but one that bears repeating nonetheless.

Pictures and video posted on social media showed passengers evacuating through darkened subway tunnels.

The number of subway delays has tripled in the past five years, to 70,000 per month.

The MTA's Long Island Railroad is also having trouble.

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