Human error caused NYC subway train derailment, transit officials say

Faherty from her Twitter page shows subway passengers on an A train with the lights out after it halted just shy of the 125th street stop in New York's Harlem neighborhood Tuesday

The accident resulted in delays and suspensions across the subway system, and officials were not sure when full service would be restored.

New York's ailing subway system has been heavily criticised by passengers over the past year for being slow and inefficient.

A preliminary investigation found the southbound A train, a line that runs through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, struck a tunnel wall and derailed in Harlem after a replacement rail that was stored on the tracks was not properly bolted down, the MTA said in a statement.

Emergency personnel have responded to a New York City subway station where passengers were reporting smoke and a loss of power.

'People were in and out of their seats all over screaming, power went out and then it stopped and the vehicle filled up with smoke, ' another stressed-out straphanger said.

The first phase of the initiative is taking place along the 8th Avenue corridor from 125th Street to Fulton Street. "All of a sudden it was like the train just started like banging against the walls of the tunnel", one passenger told CBS 2 NY.

"NYCT [New York City Transit] is inspecting every inch of rail to ensure that each and every replacement part is properly stored and secured".

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At least 34 people were injured in the incident, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Cuomo did not visit the derailment site because he was traveling in Albany, his press office told Business Insider.

Lhota, who was appointed as the MTA's chairman last week with a mandate to get the system back on track, had to skip a planned media tour of the refurbished station to deal with the derailment.

Cuomo did not make any kind of public statement on the derailment.

He says seven people suffered minor injuries, mostly smoke inhalation. It is "under investigation", said the company MTA, which manages transit in NY city.

"It is my expectation that with new leadership brought by Joe Lhota, the MTA will address the fundamental issues plaguing the transit system and overhaul the organizational structure of the MTA", the Democratic governor said. The MTA reported that there were more than 60,000 delayed trains and almost 25,000 late trains in January alone, The New York Times reported.

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