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Derailment At Herald Square Disrupts Subway Service

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Subway service along Sixth Avenue in Manhattan is almost back to normal Wednesday evening, following a train derailment near Herald Square and a smoke condition earlier today.

At about 4 a.m., a northbound F train jumped the tracks as it approached the 34th Street stop. Fifty-seven passengers were on board the train, but no one was injured.

An investigation is ongoing, but transit officials say it appears the train, while traveling slowly through a work zone, derailed on an improperly secured section of track that was in the process if being replaced.

Power was initially shut down on nearby tracks, and trains were diverted as firefighters and transit workers responded.

After the derailment, FDNY officials say a smoke condition broke out at numerous subway stations, including the stations at 14th Street and West 4th Street along Sixth Avenue.

Police say two officers, five firefighters, and one civilian were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Fire officials say the transit system is trying to determine how the problem started.

“The MTA is trying to determine the cause of this now. We know we had a problem with the third rail,” said FDNY Deputy Chief Paul Cresci. “I'm speculating that was our problem, and it ran down the line, while the power was on. Once the power was off, the smoke conditions subsided.”

Queens-bound trains are running on the express track from West 4th to 34th Streets. The MTA says it plans to have full service on the F and V lines back by Thursday’s morning rush.

For now, Queens-bound customers looking to get off at either the 14th or 23rd street stations should ride to 34th Street and then take a downtown train.
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