What you should know
- A minor collision between two subway trains caused a partial derailment in Manhattan and injured at least 26 people, according to the FDNY.
- The incident at the 96th Street station near Broadway was reported around 3 p.m.
- MTA sources say a passenger train collided with an out-of-service train at low speed, causing a minor derailment on the Upper West Side.
NEW YORK – A minor collision between two subway trains caused a partial derailment in Manhattan and injured at least 26 people, according to the FDNY.
The incident at the 96th Street station near Broadway was reported around 3 p.m.
MTA sources say a passenger train collided with an out-of-service train at low speed, causing a minor derailment on the Upper West Side.
At least 26 people suffered minor injuries from the derailment and were taken to area hospitals, according to the FDNY. According to New York City Transportation President Richard Dewey, the passenger train that derailed had about 300 to 400 people on board.
The passenger train was evacuated, Dewey and police said.
The investigation is in its preliminary stages. Davy said the out-of-service train was sabotaged by pulling its emergency cables as a possible prank and all but one cable was reset. While workers were rewiring that train, a transit official told NBC New York that it “restarted” and started moving despite a red stop sign, causing a collision with the train. A passenger train is passing in service.
“Obviously, two trains shouldn’t have collided. Let’s get to the bottom of it,” said Davey.
The FDNY was able to respond to the derailment within three minutes. Firefighters requested power cuts to the roads and began evacuation procedures. NYPD Transit Chief Michael M. Kemper said police officers were present at the station when the collision occurred and began assisting passengers.
The collision caused “disruption” to subway service through Manhattan for the evening commute, the MT said.
Traffic in the area was severely affected. The MTA said there was no 1/2/3 service to most of Manhattan Thursday night and advised travelers to take the A/B/C/D/R/W trains or local buses.
Some 4/5 trains run locally in Brooklyn and some 5 trains run locally in The Bronx.
MTA officials said they hope to restore service through the 96th Street station in time for the Friday morning commute, but they cannot guarantee that at this time.
Click here to view the status of MTA trains here.
The MTA recommends that for service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, passengers take the N/Q/R trains, and for service between Manhattan and The Bronx, passengers take the Bx19.
According to the MTA, Metro-North is crossing between Marble Hill-225 St. and Grand Central-42 St.
Columbus Avenue from West 96th Street to West End Avenue is closed for emergency crews responding to the scene, according to the NYPD.
Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a post on X that she had been notified of the derailment.
Mayor Eric Adams advised people to stay away from the area of 96th Street and Broadway.
Late Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced its plans to investigate the derailment. NTSB Chairman Jennifer Homandy and a team of investigators are expected to be in New York City on Friday.
A look at a press conference outside the 96th Street subway station on the Upper West Side following a minor collision between two MTA trains.