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195 straphangers evacuated when subway train derails in Queens

2019-09-22

Two wheels of a Manhattan-bound F train jumped the tracks Saturday night beneath Hillside Ave. in Jamaica, Queens, authorities said.

The train derailed around 7:54 p.m. between the Parsons Blvd. and Sutphin Blvd. stations, NYC Transit said.

A ‘reach train’ was wheeled up to the stalled train to rescue the 195 passengers aboard, the statement said.

The passengers were then taken to the Parsons Blvd. station. None were reported hurt.

At the same time the train went off the tracks, its emergency brakes were automatically activated, said the NYC Transit statement.

“A third-rail mat, normally used by maintenance workers to protect themselves from contact with the electrified third rail, was located underneath the second car of the incident train,” said the statement.

“Investigators continue to review whether there is a relationship between the presence of the mat and the two wheels leaving the track.”

While crews worked to clear up the tracks, Jamaica-bound F train service ended at Forest Hills-71 Ave. It was unclear late Saturday when full service would be restored.

The incident was one of a series of mishaps that disrupted F trains in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn on Saturday night.

There are service changes and delays in A, C, E, F and M train service because of a switch problem at W 4 St-Washington Sq. Details at https://t.co/vhZQ2kZ2vb

In Manhattan, a switch problem near W. 4th St. in Greenwich Village made that station the last stop for Coney Island-bound F trains as well as Metropolitan Ave.-bound M trains.