Subway Train Derails in New York City After Saboteur Reportedly Throws Debris Onto Tracks

A subway train derailed in New York City on Sunday morning after a person allegedly threw debris onto the roadbed, sparking a power outage that left passengers on another train trapped in a tunnel.

The incident happened at the 14th Street and Eight Avenue station in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan just before 8:30 a.m.

A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department confirmed to Newsweek that its officers had responded to the derailment shortly after 8:15 a.m.

One passenger was injured due to the derailment, the police spokesperson said.

One person was taken into custody on suspicion after throwing debris onto the roadbed, the police spokesperson added. No charges have yet been filed against the suspect.

The New York Daily News, citing police sources, reported that the train derailed after a man clamped wooden planks onto the roadbed.

Commuters reportedly saw the man laughing after he clamped down the planks, according to the newspaper. Some people reportedly held him at the station until police were able to take him into custody.

We’re investigating an incident in which an uptown ‌A‌ train came into contact with debris on the tracks at 14 St.

This incident is severely impacting A, C, D, E, and F train service, so your best travel alternatives are the numbered lines or the N/Q trains.

Details below:

— NYCT Subway. Wear a Mask. (@NYCTSubway) September 20, 2020

According to New York City Transit (NYCT) interim president Sarah Feinberg, the northbound A train derailed after it came into contact with debris on the roadbed as it pulled into the station at 8:17 a.m.

A wheel left the track, but "all passengers on the train were safely discharged at the station," Feinberg said in a statement.

The derailment caused a power outage and left customers in another train trapped in a tunnel. Feinberg said crews are working to get passengers off that train.

"The incident caused a loss of power to all four tracks," Feinberg said. "As a result of the incident, a northbound A train near 34th Street remains in the tunnels and NYCT is working quickly to remove customers from the train."

An investigation into the derailment is underway, she added.

The NYCT said its service on Sunday morning was severely impacted by the derailment.

The A train is suspended in both directions south of 14th Street in Manhattan. There is no northbound service along Eighth Avenue from Canal Street to 59th Street-Columbus Circle and extremely limited service in uptown Manhattan and The Bronx.

All northbound A, C, D, E and F trains are being rerouted and there are currently extensive delays in Manhattan, the NYCT added.

Travelers were advised to use the numbered lines and N and Q lines as an alternative.

A subway conductor wearing a mask and face shield looks onto the platform on September 16 in New York City. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

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