New York City Subway Train Derails in Queens!

A Manhattan-bound F train derailed Fridaymorning in Queens, injuring at least four people, and hundreds of passengers were being taken out of the tunnel through a sidewalk grate. The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet from the 65th station in Woodside, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where some later passengers calmly left the tunnel through a sidewalk exit. A few were treated on stretchers.It wasn't immediately clear how many passengers were on board. A rescue train had been sent.
New York City's subway system is one of the largest public transportation systems in the world with an average of 5.5 million rides on weekdays. The F train runs through Queens, New York City's largest borough, under the East River and down Manhattan, then bends back under the East River into Brooklyn.
Derailments are relatively rare in the subway system. The last major derailment was in August 1991, when a No. 4 train came off the tracks at Union Square. Five people were killed and more than 200 were injured. The motorman, who was drunk at the time of the accident, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
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FDNY responded to the Broadway and 60th Street area in Woodside, and reported heavy smoke conditions. Four people had minor injuries, FDNY said.
  • Chopper 4 showed firefighters going underground through a sidewalk grate, and helping people out, including a woman with a child. The train that derailed was on the express track. There is a local stop near there at 65th Street.The MTA could not immediately say how many wheels derailed.