Two subway supervisors suspended in aftermath of A train derailment
Two subway track maintenance supervisors were suspended early Wednesday in the wake of the crippling Harlem train derailment, sources told the Daily News.
The pair oversaw the replacement of a rail on Monday night near the site of the A train derailment near 125th St. After the new rail was installed, the unused pieces were stored in the center of the track.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority blamed the 9:45 a.m. Tuesday derailment on a poorly secured piece that sent the A train screeching off the rails.
By the Wednesday morning rush hour, service was restored on the four subway lines running through the Harlem station: The A, B, C and D lines.
MTA officials warned the city’s beleaguered riders to expect residual delays after the derailment that injured 34 riders.
The supervisors were yanked off duty at 1:30 a.m. on orders from their boss, sources said.
MTA workers repair tracks at 125th St. following yesterday’s train derailment.
Straphanger Gene Shore, waiting for a C train Wednesday morning, said the derailment left him more frustrated than fearful.
“It doesn’t scare me,” said Shore, 44. “I’m just annoyed, you know? More and more delays, and we can’t do anything about it.”
Another subway rider tried to keep a positive outlook despite the derailment.
“Things do happen,” said the 65-year-old woman. “You can’t avoid that. You have to go.”
The derailment sent two train cars crashing against the subway tunnel wall, peeled open a train car door and damaged track equipment.
Hundreds of people filled the subway tracks and tunnels as they evacuated from cars filled with smoke from a trash fire on the tracks.
None of the injuries were considered life-threatening — and one of the victims was a baby boy wearing only a diaper.
The derailment offered the latest indictment of an aging and overburdened mass transit system serving 5.6 million daily riders.
MTA officials launched a system-wide inspection to ensure that every replacement part in the subways was “properly stored and secured.”