Three Suffer Minor Injuries When New York City Subway Hits Debris and Derails

September 22, 2020

Three passengers suffered minor injuries Sunday when a New York City subway train derailed after hitting construction debris that had been thrown onto the tracks, authorities said.

The derailment happened at about 8:15 a.m. at the 14th Street and Eighth Avenue station in Manhattan. Interim New York City Transit president Sarah Feinberg said a northbound A train hit debris as it was pulling into the station.

Feinberg said the 134 passengers on board the train were safely evacuated. A fire department spokesperson said three of the riders suffered minor injuries. One person was taken to a hospital for evaluation and the other two declined treatment.

Police said the train derailed after someone threw debris from a construction project onto the tracks. Demetrius Harvard, 30, of the Bronx was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, assault and criminal trespass. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer Sunday night.

The derailment shut down power and disrupted service on the Eighth Avenue line. Transit officials said 125 passengers were safely evacuated from another train that was stuck in the tunnel near 34th Street when the power went out.

Feinberg said transit employees would work to rerail the damaged train and make necessary repairs in an effort to restore full service on the heavily used line as soon as possible.

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