N.Y. Subway Cars Derail, Imperiling Morning Rush


 
 

Matthew Sweeney | | Monday, May 5, 2008


NEW YORK -- The N train derailment in midtown that forced more than 400 passengers to be evacuated yesterday could inconvenience thousands more this morning if service disruptions continue.

"We're working to have service resume by the morning rush," said transit spokesman Charles Seaton. "I expect that it will."

Two subway cars slipped off the tracks as a southbound N train approached within 100 feet of the 57th Street and Seventh Avenue station. A transit spokesman said each car only had one wheel derail.

Although several ambulances rushed to the scene, only two of the 449 passengers complained of minor injuries and were treated and released, a Fire Department spokesman said. After the accident, the conductor and the train operator walked through the cars talking to passengers and taking a head count, Seaton said.

An R train was taken out of service and pulled up behind the disabled N. Firefighters - about 100 responded to the accident - helped the passengers board the "rescue train." Passengers were able to step from one train to the other, without climbing down to the tracks, Seaton said.

The R went back to the 5th Avenue and 59th Street station, where the passengers' ordeal ended at 5:32 pm, a little more than an hour after it began.

"Most people were coming out like nothing happened," said Josie Chacon, 19, a Manhattan resident.

The last derailment was in January, when a work train slipped off the tracks on the D line. Before that accident a train had not derailed since March 2006.

David Freedlander contributed to this story.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics:

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Community Paramedicine Expanding in Maine

Eight departments receive a grant for use towards the new program.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

New Ambulance, Fire Engine Approved for Illinois Department

Officials approve new purchases for Bloomington.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Alabama Officials Worry over Ambulance Coverage

County officials work to find best solution.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Car Crashes into Texas Ambulance

Ambulance hit while responding to a call.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

San Diego Fire-Rescue Responds to Plane Crash

Small plane crashes in shopping center parking lot.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

California Beach Lightning Strike MCI

More than a dozen injured in Venice Beach lighting strike.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >