A Brooklyn-bound express F Train derailed Friday morning (May 2), causing 19 injuries, four “potentially serious”, according to NBC New York. No word on what caused the derailment.
An MTA spokesperson said the train went off the tracks around 10:40 am near the 65th and Broadway stop in Woodside, Queens. 1,000 people were said to have been on the train, where six of eight cars derailed. Passengers aboard the train reported smoke and lights flickering. Firefighters had to rescue hundreds of riders through the tunnel and a sidewalk gate.
According to the AP, the last major derailment went down in August 1991, when a No. 4 train came off the tracks at the Union Square station. Five people were killed and more than 200 were injured. The motorman was drunk on-duty and convicted of manslaughter with a 15-year prison sentence.
Commuters can expect delays on the E, R, F and M lines. See advisories here.