Fire on sub­way track sends nine to hospi­tal

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

NEW YORK – Dur­ing a sum­mer of tran­sit mis­ery in New York City, a sub­way track fire in Up­per Man­hat­tan on Mon­day morn­ing sent nine peo­ple to the hospi­tal and snarled trains across the city.

A track fire near 145th Street Sta­tion on the A-line around 7:30 a.m. halted ser­vice on sev­eral lines and prompted a cas­cade of de­lays, sub­way of­fi­cials said.

Be­lea­guered com­muters flocked to other lines that were over­crowded and swel­ter­ing on a hot day.

Nine peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tals to be ex­am­ined, fire of­fi­cials said. The fire was re­port­edly caused by trash on the tracks, fire of­fi­cials said, and it was un­der con­trol by about 9:15 a.m.

Sub­way rid­ers posted photos on so­cial me­dia of plat­forms along the nearby No. 1 line over­flow­ing with peo­ple.

The mood was tense on­board a south­bound No. 1 train that was full to ca­pac­ity. “If you push me, I’m go­ing to push you back,” one man told an­other rider.

“We are re­view­ing the en­tire in­ci­dent, we apol­o­gize for the in­con­ve­nience, and we ap­pre­ci­ate our cus­tomers’ pa­tience,” said Kevin Or­tiz, a sub­way spokesman.

– New York Times

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