Minor New York City subway derailment causes outage, delays

Subway service halted on A, B, C, D trains; 3 people injured at 125th/St. Nicholas Ave. station

For now, Lhota said, service on the affected train line is suspended.

Video images on television showed ambulances on the scene around 10 a.m. Tuesday. "All of a sudden it was like the train just started like banging against the walls of the tunnel", one passenger told CBS 2 NY.

According to the agency, A, C, and D trains are being held in stations in both directions.

Delays were reported throughout the subway system, which has been plagued by problems this year.

A sudden braking caused a train derailment in Harlem, injuring 30 people and causing massive transit disruption.

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Jack Cox, a software developer, said he felt a "large thump" and heard and felt the train grinding for as long as 30 seconds. Fire officials said that 17 people were being treated at hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.

Joe Lhota (LOH'-tuh) said Tuesday there were no initial indications of equipment or track failure before two cars derailed and scraped a wall on Tuesday morning.

The incident at St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem involved a power outage that stopped subway service on the A, B, C and D lines, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

Photos posted to social media show passengers walking along the tracks in a dark subway tunnel, using their phone flashlights as a guide. But when he said that there was smoke on the tracks, that's when we became more concerned.

One of the passengers on the train, Medina Browne, said: "At first we didn't know what was happening so it was just really an irritant, just an inconvenience".

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"It wasn't heavy smoke, but it was frightening", he said.

"We're seeing the effects of an outdated transit system", State Sen.

Julian Robinson said he was stuck on one of them for about an hour before rescuers arrived to escort passengers along the tracks into the station. "People were falling", said passenger Susan Pak, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

The number of subway delays have tripled in the past five years, to 70,000 per month.

Commuter railroads also have had problems.

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