Supervisors Suspended Following Subway Derailment In Harlem

Two track maintenance supervisors were suspended Wednesday, a day after following a subway derailment in Harlem that officials said appears to have been caused by human error, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, service on the A, B, C and D lines resumed Wednesday morning with delays after crews worked through the night to finish repairs for the morning commute.

But commuters were still fuming. Some riders crammed onto some of the trains, admittedly nervous about getting on board.

“Yea, very concerned about it,” said Harlem Ernesto Antelo.

“I’m a little afraid, I gotta be honest,” said passenger Madelaine Quezada. “Hopefully, everything goes smooth and not a lot of delays again.”

Others were just plain furious.

“Down, down, down — it is messed up,” one woman said as she put her thumb down.

The two track maintenance supervisors were suspended without pay by the MTA after the agency said human error caused a piece of loose replacement track stored nearby to partially derail an A Train.

It was a terrifying moment for the hundreds on board as the packed downtown A train derailed just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, taking it off the tracks before slamming into a wall at the 125th Street station in Harlem.

“The train just started like banging against the walls of the tunnel,” said passenger Greg Sheir. “It was going up and down, sort of like a runaway roller coaster.”

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“The train just started like banging against the walls of the tunnel,” said passenger Greg Sheir. “It was going up and down, sort of like a runaway roller coaster.”

There was chaos and confusion as many riders began to panic, not knowing what was going on. Some were concerned the train cars may have become engulfed.

“Smoke, fire coming out of the sides, sparking everywhere,” said passenger Edgar Gonzalez.

More than 30 people were hurt, though none seriously.

“I used to think that the subway was safe, and now I kind of have my doubts on that,” said Logan Chin of SoHo.

MTA officials now believe it was a piece of replacement rail being stored on the tracks that was not properly secured that caused the train to go off course.

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