June 27 (UPI) — Dozens of riders were injured in Harlem Tuesday when a subway train derailed and careened into a wall, authorities said.
The Fire Department of New York and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said an A train derailed and hit a wall near 125th Street along St. Nicholas Avenue just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. The crash forced hundreds to crawl out of the derailed subway car on the tracks.
The accident spurred numerous transit delays and cancellations, as well, on the A, B, C, D, E, F and M lines.
“We were on the express track from 145th to 125th… All of a sudden it was like the train just started like banging against the walls of the tunnel,” one passenger told CBS 2 New York. “It was going up and down. It was sort of like a runaway roller coaster — like a bucking horse.”
“The train was peeled open like a can opener,” Paul Navarro, track division chairman for the Transport Workers Union, said.
MTA officials said the train’s emergency brake was activated before the crash, but the cause is still under investigation.