A Manhattan-bound F sight derailed in an subterraneous widen in Queens on Friday morning, injuring 19 people and forcing a depletion of hundreds of passengers.
The train, carrying about 1,000 straphangers, derailed on an demonstrate lane nearby a internal hire during Broadway and 65th St. in Woodside shortly before 10:30 a.m., officials said.
Four of a 19 people who were harmed were ecstatic to internal hospitals in critical condition, officials said.
Riders described a nerve-rattling knowledge as a train’s cars pennyless from a track.
“You could usually feel yourself entrance off your seat,” pronounced Irvelle Cadet, 24, who was roving on a sight to get to a pursuit interview. “I was laterally during one point. Then a conductor came over a speakers to contend it derailed.”
Six of a train’s 8 cars derailed, with usually a initial and final remaining on a rails. When a defeated sight screeched and crushed to a halt, passengers found themselves in a dark. With fume and dirt stuffing a air, riders feared a burning death.
“It was crazy,” pronounced Robin Henaw, 22, who had been on his approach to work and was listening to song in a initial car. “The lights incited off and there were sparks from outside. Everyone was disturbed about flames. The fume was flattering heavy. People were handing out tissues. It looked like some people were flitting out given of a smoke.”
Transit workers, firefighters and cops led riders out of a darkness. Once a energy was close off they were walked along a marks and afterwards climbed adult ladders to an shun induce streamer to travel level, officials said. Passengers described a depletion as nurse and well-coordinated.
“It didn’t take them prolonged to get us help. It was substantially 15 to 20 mins before a conductor pronounced that firefighters were in a tunnel. He also kept entrance over to tell us to sojourn calm, that assistance was on a way,” pronounced Cadet.
“Some people were carrying panic attacks, yet other than that, no one seemed injured. Firefighters brought profound women, comparison people and children off initial …. People on a sight were rushing to get off, yet a firefighters and cops confirmed control.”
The F train’s conductor and sight user were praised by military and firefighters for gripping their cold and aiding in a evacuation, pronounced Paul Navarro, lane multiplication authority with Transport Workers Union Local 100.
Roughly 100 passengers on an adjacent E sight were also evacuated.
Exclusive photos performed by a Daily News uncover endless repairs to a lane and train. A territory of lane measuring about 500 feet was ripped up, including a electrified third rail. Photos also showed steel girders focussed from a impact of a train, sections of a third rail’s wooden covering splintered into pieces and sight automobile wheels during slightest a feet off a using rail.
Investigators were still perplexing to establish what caused a Manhattan-bound F sight to derail in Queens on Friday.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Tom Prendergast pronounced a lane was built in a 1930s or 1940s and had been transposed “no some-more than 20 or 30 years ago, if that.”
The derailment happened in an area where there is a prolonged and unconditional bend that trains enter after a downhill run, central sources said. The bend has a speed extent of 35 miles-per-hour.
Cadet, a Jamaica proprietor who rides a line regularly, pronounced speed seemed to be an issue. “It was ideally excellent until we strike that uncanny bend on a tracks, and we consider he was going to fast,” she said, referring to a motorman.
But a movement source pronounced speed alone is doubtful to have caused a derailment as a sight would usually be means to strech about 43 mph after move from a prior stop, and a bend can hoop that speed. Other probable causes are a lane forsake or automatic emanate with a train.
Prendergast, vocalization during a press discussion during a site, did not contend how quick a sight was going during a time, yet betrothed a “complete and consummate investigation.”
When asked when repairs on a line would be finished, he said: “It’ll take us a while.”
Subway derailments, yet sincerely common in a 1980s, are comparatively rare, according to MTA data. There was usually one final year and usually 6 given 2010. In 1981, there were 20.
The derailment led to a proxy closure of internal E and F use along a Queens Blvd. line, yet a MTA announced that use had been easy in time to accommodate a p.m. rush. Express use on a line stays suspended, officials said, and all use on a Queens Blvd. line would be halted from 10 p.m. Friday by 7 a.m. Saturday to concede for dismissal of a train.
Navarro, a movement union’s lane multiplication chairman, pronounced stealing a sight cars would be an “all-nighter.”
“They’ll have to drag them out one during a time,” Navarro said. “There’s no track.”
R and M trains will not run on a Queens Blvd. lines. On a R line, trains will usually run between Whitehall St. and 57th St./7th Ave. in Manhattan. On a M, trains will run between Metropolitan Ave. in Queens and Chambers St. in Manhattan.
Shuttle buses are using between Forest Hills/71st Ave. and Queens Plaza and between Forest Hills/71st Ave. and 21st St./Queensbridge. The 7 sight is providing swap service, and a Long Island Rail Road is cross-honoring MetroCards for rides between Penn Station and Jamaica Station. Scheduled weekend use on a 7 and J lines has been cancelled.
“There is no calendar for replacement of demonstrate service,” a MTA pronounced in a statement.
With Joe Kemp