Another NYC subway meltdown as track fire, 'unruly customer' cause delays

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

Hundreds of agitated, sweaty NY subway goers squeezed into narrow hallways, stairways and turnstiles unable to even get to the platform since five lines stopped service from a fire at 145th Street. The Morris and Essex Line service was temporarily suspended in both directions between Chatham and Summit due to a trespasser fatality near Chatham.

The blaze began at about 7:25 a.m. on the track near 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, causing smoke to travel down the tunnel to 135th Street, according to FDNY officials.

The MTA says all passengers that were stuck between stations were able to get off their trains and go to subway stations.

The authority is working to reduce track fires on the subway by testing a new vacuum system, Mr. Ortiz said.

Due to the track fire, the A train service was suspended between 125th Street and Inwood 207th Street in both directions.

Twitter user Tamara Hansson tweeted, "Now me and several hundred other people are walking to the 145th 1 train".

The track fire comes as the MTA prepares to start a second straight week of FASTRACK repairs on the line.

As a result of today's fire, there is now no A train service between 125th Street and Inwood-207th in both directions.

Social media showed subway riders jammed into finding alternate routes Monday morning.

People riding the D train November 4, 2012 in New York City, New York.

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