Fire on subway track sends nine to hospital
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