Train riders were victim to another MTA failure this morning.
An A train headed for Brooklyn at about 9:45 Tuesday morning derailed at the 125th Street Harlem stop. The cars filled up with smoke, resulting in the evacuation of hundreds of passengers. So far, 17 riders were rushed to the hospital, with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
According to newly-appointed MTA chairman, Joe Lhota, equipment failure is not to blame. While the source of the issue remains to be identified, the trigger of the emergency brakes is the first breadcrumb. Roughly 500 riders were evacuated onto the platform, a handful of whom shared their experience online. Reports flooded social feeds relaying stories of panic as passengers saw smoke filling the train cars. Lhota pointed to inflamed debris on the tracks as the culprit.
The A, B, C, and D lines took massive hits, with service delays continuing into the afternoon. No word yet on when service will be fully restored.
If you or anyone you know has been injured in the accident, or for any questions regarding train accident injuries, contact our personal injury lawyers at Robinson & Yablon, P.C. at (212) 725-8566.