A train derailed at the 8th Avenue and 14th Street train station in Chelsea at around 8am on the north side.
Authorities described the man in question as a 30-year-old homeless man. They say a witness witnessed construction debris being dumped in the tunnel tracks.
He is currently being investigated in Traffic District 2, and charges are pending.
NYCT interim president Sarah Feynberg said in a statement that “a train heading north pulled into the 14St-8th Av station and came in contact with debris on the roadside, resulting in a wheel leaving the track.” “All the passengers on the train were safely evacuated to the station. The matter is under investigation.”
The MDA says the incident caused power outages on all four tracks.
“As a result of this incident, the northbound train near 34th Street is in the subway, and NYCT is moving quickly to remove customers from the train,” Feinberg said.
Sarah Mayer, Chief Customer Officer for NYC Transport, also commented on the situation.
I’m so angry that someone did this on purpose, but thank you for not hurting anyone severely. Don’t mess with our tunnel – it’s all for us !! https://t.co/FtEJUnOvhz
– Sarah Meyer (araSarahMeyerNYC) September 20, 2020
There were about 30 passengers on the trains. No serious injuries were reported at this time.
Service is suspended in both directions south of 14th St. in Manhattan. There is no northbound service via Canal St. to 59 St.-Columbus Circle via 8th Avenue, and limited service in Manhattan and the Bronx.
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