34 hurt in NYC derailment; none life-threatening


Video images on television showed ambulances on the scene around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

All passengers on the original A train were evacuated.

Passengers on one train tell WABC that it felt like it jumped off the tracks at around 125th Street. There were 34 minor injuries, including smoke inhalation, according to the New York Times, and 17 were taken to nearby hospitals.

Danny said passengers pried the train doors open to get to another auto, which was pitch black and also had smoke.

- Emergency crews are responding to the 125th St. Subway Station near St. Nicholas Avenue in upper Manhattan following reports of a subway auto derailment at or near the station.

The fire and police departments conducted a joint operation - involving 300 responders - in order to round up the passengers and bring them above ground, Nigro said.

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Service on the A train between the Jay Street/MetroTech and 207th Street stations was suspended while the C was not running at any point along the line.

That train was evacuated, Lhota said, as were three other trains in the same tunnel.

Joe Lhota, the chairman of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said officials were investigating why the train's emergency brakes went on before a minor Harlem derailment that frightened passengers and resulted in systemwide delays.

"This does not look like a failure on the part of equipment", Lhota said.

"It's a serious derailment, with quite a bit of damage to signals and some structural damage to the walls", he said.

Another passenger said the train derailed.

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Williams said one woman walked out of the station with soot all over her hands.

"It wasn't heavy smoke, but it was frightening", he said. "People were falling", said passenger Susan Pak, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

The Riders Alliance, an organization of subway and bus riders in NY, blamed the derailment on the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Commuter railroads also have had problems.

The MTA confirmed the accident, tweeting: 'Service disruptions on ABCD trains due to power failure & derailment.

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