Update: FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro confirmed that the number of injured passengers continues to grow. 34 People are being treated for injuries. An estimated 17 passengers were taken to local hospitals for treatment. “.. Very difficult operating below ground, thankfully we have resources in the FDNY &
#NYPD to get people above ground & treat them” FDNY Commissioner Nigro said via Twitter.
The MTA is now citing human error by the construction crew that may have compromised the tracks with improper rail storage.
Several routes on New York City’s subway system were temporarily shut down Tuesday morning following a train derailment near 125th street in Manhattan. According to FDNY three non-life threatening injuries were reported following the low speed crash. Passengers were evacuated and forced to walk through debris and a smoke filled station. The MTA temporarily suspended the A, B, C, and D train service to investigate the incident.
Technology failures may be the cause of the crash. The MTA posted power failures as a part of the problem of the crash. Passengers on trains not involved in the crash were evacuated from trains stuck on the tracks following the power outage. The MTA has not revealed what caused the technology to fail that powers the trains.
New York City commuters have been facing a recent spike in subway lines changes due to construction. Night and weekend service has been modified across multiple train lines for improvements. Commuters posted frustrated messages, photos and videos on Twitter.
The crash cast a shadow on the reopening of the South Ferry Station. The subway station underwent a multi-million dollar renovation following hurricane Sandy in 2012. The station was flooded with an estimated 15 million of gallons of salt water that damaged technology and infrastructure during the storm. The train derailment happened just hours before the official reopening of the South Ferry station.
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