Wednesday 24 January 2018

Dozens hurt as express subway train derails underground in New York City

A subway train has derailed in a tunnel in the New York borough of Queens
A subway train has derailed in a tunnel in the New York borough of Queens

Dozens of people have been injured as an express subway train derailed in New York City this afternoon

More than 1,000 people were stranded underground following the accident. Four people were taken to hospital while up to 20 people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the derailment in Queens involved an express F train bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn. Authorities say it happened in a tunnel, about 1,200ft from the 65th Street station in Woodside.

Transit officials said the middle six carriages of the eight-carriage train derailed.

Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street.

New York City's subway system is one of the largest public transportation systems in the world with an average of 5.5 million rides on weekdays.

Caisha Jean Phillipe, 21, of Hempstead, Long Island, told the Wall Street Journal the train stopped suddenly, and she thought she was about to die.




Another passenger, Gabrielle Hesop, 25, said he and others initially "thought we crashed into a train, or we thought the train was on fire".

Derailments are relatively rare in the city subway system. The last major derailment was in August 1991, when a No 4 train came off the tracks at Union Square. Five people were killed and more than 200 were injured.

The motorman, who was drunk at the time of the accident, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Press Association

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