NEW YORK (AP) - A subway train derailed near a station in Harlem on Tuesday, frightening passengers and resulting in minor injuries as hundreds of people were evacuated from trains along the subway line.
Two cars on a southbound A train derailed at the West 125th Street station and hit a wall around 9:45 a.m. after its emergency brakes unexpectedly deployed, the MTA said. "People were falling", said passenger Susan Pak, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. She said the A train jerked and began shaking violently as it approached the station at 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.
The Fire Department said that one auto of the train had derailed and three people had been injured.
Delays were reported throughout the subway system, which has been plagued by problems this year.
The FDNY said 500 passengers walked on the tracks, which Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro called "a risky thing" to do.
C Subway train service is suspended between Euclid Av and 168 St in both directions.
The footage shows firefighters helping people off the train and down the tracks.
Service was suspended or rerouted on several subway lines running between upper Manhattan and northern Brooklyn following the accident, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said, adding that the agency's top officials were en route to the scene.
Another passenger said the train derailed.
Lhota said the smoke was caused by sparks and the garbage and sanitation along the tracks.
"People didn't panic", he said. Frustrated commuters who were stuck on other trains shared their anger on Twitter. The sparks caused a small fire that lasted only briefly, Nigro said.
The Riders Alliance, an organization of subway and bus riders in NY, blamed the derailment on the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo.
Train service was also tied up during the morning commute leaving many straphangers stranded or having to look for travel alternatives.
The MTA confirmed the accident, tweeting: 'Service disruptions on ABCD trains due to power failure & derailment.