NYC subway station evacuated after smoke, loss of power

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A subway train derailed near a station in Harlem on Tuesday, frightening passengers, causing minor injuries to seven people and leading to massive systemwide delays.

Passengers on one train tell WABC that it felt like it jumped off the tracks at around 125th Street.

The cause of the crash, which occurred around 10 a.m., was not immediately clear and officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subways, were en route to the scene.

Riders on the A, C, B and D trains will be improvising their way through the city until further notice after the derailment of a downtown A train and a power failure Tuesday, the MTA said.

Almost three dozen people suffered minor injuries in the derailment, which happened in Harlem just before 10 a.m. He said there was white smoke and "there was a lot of banging around in that auto - it was really bad". The subway station was subsequently evacuated. Initially people panicked a little bit then and we realized we had to move. It said there was smoke, but no fire.

He said riders ended up walking through the darkened cars using cellphones for light and exiting onto the platform.

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Julian Robinson said he was stuck on one of them for about an hour before rescuers arrived to escort passengers along the tracks into the station.

Multiple other trains were stopped and evacuated as a result of the derailment, with evacuations taking over an hour for some.

Six people are believed to have been injured in the accident in Harlem, New York which took place at 9.45am local time. The South Ferry station on the No. 1 line reopened after $340 million worth of repairs. MTA employees and contractors in hard hats cheered as the first train rolled into the pristine new station.

The number of subway delays has tripled in the past five years, to 70,000 per month. A day earlier, the subway rider whose horrifying account of being stuck on a sweltering, powerless train earlier this month went viral held a news briefing to demand the MTA outline an evacuation procedure for riders who may get stranded in the future.

Train service was also tied up during the morning commute leaving many straphangers stranded or having to look for travel alternatives. A report this month found rush hour cancellations and delays on the Long Island Rail Road at the highest level in 10 years.

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