A shocking train accident has left 24 people injured after two trains collided in New York on Thursday afternoon.
At Least 24 Injured After 2 N.Y.C. Subway Trains Collide: 'Nobody Was Seriously Injured' https://t.co/LmcdoUaGKp
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According to The New York Post, a train traveling north with over 500 passengers was pulling out of the street station at about 3 p.m. on Thursday when it collided with a disabled train, causing both trains to derail.
Luckily, there were no fatalities recorded. FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Ian Swords told reporters outside of the train station Thursday night that none of the passengers suffered any serious injuries.
“Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured. The injuries that were sustained were consistent with a low-speed train derailment,” Swords said.
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Manhattan New York – Two Subway Trains Collide
The collision led to a "major disruption" of subway service through Manhattan for the evening commute.
A report of the incident at the 96th Street station near Broadway came in around 3 p.m. MTA… pic.twitter.com/PkP3JcYV0k
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said the passenger train was being diverted to the express track to get around the disabled train. Four MTA workers were on board the disabled train trying to reset the brakes after an individual went through the train pulling the emergency brake cords in several of its cars. The MTA said the train under repair began moving again for unknown reasons and the two front cars hit each other, causing both trains to derail.
Rich Davey, president of the MTA, revealed there was nothing to suggest the crash happened as a result of failed equipment. The MTA chief added that authorities are investigating the human factors and errors that may have led to the accident.
Breaking News: Two subway trains collided near the 96th Street station in Manhattan, causing one of them to derail, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured. https://t.co/CM1QwKCtDu
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“The equipment was working as intended,” Dave said of the switches and signals. “Obviously, two trains should not be bumping into one another. We are going to get to the bottom of that.”
Davey revealed that it could take a while before normal service resumes at the train station.
“It’s going to take us a while to get this service back and running. We have crews down there now and I expect we’ll be out there all night,” Davey said. “My hope is we will have service tomorrow for rush hour, but I cannot guarantee that.”
Jaime Levy, whose 15-year-old daughter was stuck on one of the trains, said her daughter told her passengers got desperate to exit the train at some point and took matters into their own hands.
“This train derailed. My daughter has been stuck for an hour and a half in between tracks on the express. People are climbing out of the windows and crossing the local track and then climbing up. She won’t do that, obviously,” Levy told The Post. “She’s in between stations so she’s close enough.”