The train derailed as the MTA was preparing to celebrate the reopening of a subway station at the southern tip of Manhattan that had been closed since it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The train was 200 feet from the 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue station at the time.
Emergency personnel have responded to a Manhattan subway station where passengers were reporting smoke and a loss of power. The train bucked forward, it bucked backwards, and in the process of doing that, there are eight cars on this train, two of the cars derailed. MTA & FDNY on scene to investigate'.
"The brakes went into emergency".
"We need to determine what it is". Lhota said the emergency braking system on the train triggered, but it wasn't immediately clear why.
We've got you covered with real-time updates right here. We didn't know if the train was going to catch on fire. "That investigation is ongoing", Lhota added.
"It's a serious derailment, with quite a bit of damage to signals and some structural damage to the walls", he said.
Riders on the A, C, B and D trains will be improvising their way through the city until further notice after the derailment of a downtown A train and a power failure Tuesday, the MTA said.
Joe Lhota (LOH'-tuh) says there were no initial indications of equipment or track failure before two cars derailed and scraped a wall on Tuesday morning.
"After it hit something we saw sparks", he said. The MTA, the organization that runs the city's transit system, has been trying to address some of the issues that are causing delays, but with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio constantly fighting about the subways, resolution seems a ways off.
City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who's also the chairman of the council's Transportation Committee, called for a "line-by-line audit" of the MTA, to see how it spends money allocated for track maintenance.
Rodriguez endorsed closing down train lines for emergency repairs to ensure rider safety.