Another subway accident occurred on Monday morning in New York. This time, 30 feet of train track trash caught fire in a tunnel between 145th street and 133rd street in Harlem. Hundreds of panicked passengers were stuck in trains as a smoky blaze developed in the tunnel. Thousands more passengers, most of them on their way to work, were stuck waiting in overcrowded sweltering subway stations.
The fire was reported this morning at 7:18 am by a subway conductor. Trains were stopped and an order was given to the subway conductor to stop the AC to prevent the smoke from being sucked into the cars by the AC system. The service was finally restored at 9:34 am. 9 passengers had to be transported to the hospital for minor injuries related to heat and smoke.
MTA Chairman and CEO Joe Lotha apologized and said the he would increase the effort in Operation Track Sweep. This operation includes 500 employees who are supposed to maintain the tracks clear from garbage.
John Samuelsen, the president of the transport workers union said that the recent derailment had caused a shift in priorities and that track supervisors who are supposed to dispatch cleaning crews were concentrating on track defect repairs.
The FDNY was called to put out the fire. The fire wasn’t massive but it filled the tunnel with heavy, choking smoke.
The accident created complete chaos in the subway.
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