MTA: Unsecure Rail Stored on Tracks Caused Harlem Subway Derailment

NEW YORK - Sources tell NY1 two Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees have been suspended in the wake of Tuesday's A train derailment inside a Harlem subway station.

A preliminary investigation shows the derailment was caused by a piece of replacement rail being stored on the tracks that wasn't properly secured.

Now, the MTA says two track maintenance supervisors in charge of the rail repairs face disciplinary action.

The agency says storing equipment in between tracks is a common practice, but adds the gear should be properly bolted down.

Crews were working well into the Wednesday morning rush trying to fix damage at the station.

Straphangers who spoke with NY1 say despite residual delays, their commute went a lot smoother.

"I thought it was just going to be a disaster just coming out, more delays, more than even normal. But I was reallly surprised. Turned it over overnight , and got to where I need to be pretty early," said one rider.

"Yesterday, I got stuck on the C train for about a good half-an-hour, so today was a lot better," noted another rider.

The southbound A train was nearing the 125th Street station shortly before 10 a.m. when its emergency brake was tripped.

Thirty-four people suffered minor injuries.

For the latest service updates, visit mta.info.



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