At least 24 people were slightly injured when a train derailed on Line 1 of the New York subway. The incident happened Thursday afternoon near the 96th St. station on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, officials reported.
Most of the injured are passengers, at least seven of whom were taken to nearby hospitals, the NYPD reported.
A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) worker train was changing tracks when it collided with a passenger train, causing it to derail. The accident happened at low speed. A train derailment occurs when at least one wheel derails.
About 300 people were evacuated from the derailed passenger train, and firefighters also evacuated several hundred people from a third train that was not involved, but had stopped in the tunnel due to the tunnel.
The accident caused disruption on Metro Lines 1, 2 and 3 during the afternoon rush hour. The MTA said there was no service on that line in most of Manhattan Thursday afternoon.
Malbon Street Wreck (1918) Without a doubt, the most devastating accident on the New York subway. About 93 people were killed when a train bound for Brighton Beach derailed and crashed into a concrete wall in a tunnel in Prospect Park. The train was traveling at high speed and the driver was also inexperienced. The New York Times reported that all the passengers in the first car were killed and several others in other cars were killed or injured. The accident had a serious impact on the way the city’s subways operated. Thanks to that disaster, the carriages changed from being made of wood to being made of steel, and in addition, strict limits were imposed on the speed of trains.
Union Square Derailment (1991) This fateful event in the last years of the 20th century remains etched in the memory of New Yorkers. Five people were killed and another 200 injured when a southbound 4 train derailed north of Union Square. It was later found that the driver was drunk and speeding. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison. At the time, it was the deadliest subway accident in more than 6 decades.
Major Accident on the Williamsburg Bridge (1995) Just 4 years after the accident in Union Square, another subway disaster occurred, this time on the Williamsburg Bridge. AJ train collides with M train, injuring around 50 people. The driver, who was in the last hour of his shift, died in the accident. The accident was caused by the train running a red light, but it was also determined that the train’s brakes were not working properly.
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Derailment in Times Square (1928) In the midst of the Jazz Age, a devastating subway accident in the heart of the city injures hundreds and kills 16. This happened when an IRT line train derailed due to broken track switch. It is considered to be the second deadliest accident after the Malbon accident.
Woodbridge, New Jersey derailment (1951) This accident did not technically occur in New York City, however, it affected many commuters from the city. It happened when the train derailed on a temporary wooden trestle. 8 of its 11 cars derailed, killing 86 people. It is considered the deadliest rail accident in New Jersey history and one of the deadliest in the nation’s history.