What went wrong? Nearly 200 evacuated after F train derailment in Queens

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September 22, 2019 - 11:25 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The MTA is trying to figure out what caused an F train to partially derail in Queens on Saturday night.

Nobody was injured, but nearly 200 passengers had to be evacuated from the train while it was in the tunnel and the F line was shut down for hours.

MTA spokesman Tim Minton says a Manhattan-bound F train derailed in Jamaica at 7:54 p.m. as it was heading from the Parsons Boulevard Station to the Sutphin Boulevard station.

“Two wheels on the front car leave the tracks,” Minton said. “At about the same time, the brakes were activated; the emergency brakes on the train.”

There were 195 passengers on the train at the time. All of them were safely evacuated to another train and taken back to Parsons Boulevard.

No injuries were reported.

Citizen App video shows firefighters responding at the Sutphin Boulevard station. The train can be seen stopped further down the subway tunnel.

The MTA is trying to figure out what led to the derailment. Officials say that a third-rail mat, used by maintenance workers to protect themselves from contact with the electrified rail, was found under the second car of the train.

Officials are looking into whether the mat played a role or what else may have been a factor in what Minton called an "unusual" incident. He said it's not known why other trains passed over the same tracks without issue before this car derailed.

Service has since been restored to the line, according to the MTA.

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