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New York City A-train derails, injures 34

New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro briefs reporters on the derailment.
Photo – New York City Fire Department's Twitter account


An MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) A-line subway train derailed yesterday and injured at least 34 people.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, according to the New York City Fire Department's Twitter account.

The derailment marked the latest incident in a string of mishaps and delays for NYCT's subway system. Earlier this month, an F train lost power in Manhattan and left passengers stranded in overheated cars, The New York Times reported.

The cause of yesterday's A train derailment stemmed from an improperly secured piece of replacement rail that was stored on the tracks, MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim said in a joint statement.

The issue appeared to be human error, not a track defect, they added.

"NYCT is inspecting every inch of rail to ensure that each and every replacement part is properly stored and secured," Lhota and Hakim said. "The investigation into this incident continues."

Following overnight emergency repair work, A train service resumed with "extensive delays," NYCT tweeted this morning.

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