UPPER WEST SIDE — A wheel rolled off the last car of an Uptown-bound A train Saturday morning and derailed it, causing hours of delays as straphangers jammed the system on one of the busiest shopping days leading up to Christmas.
Despite the 400 passengers onboard the southbound train, there were no injuries when the car slammed off the tracks, an MTA spokesman said.
The riders, who were stranded below West 81st Street, near the Museum of Natural History, were moved from the derailed train on to a train that was sent up from the 59th Street station, the spokesman said.
They were all delivered to the Columbus Circle station, he said.
As a result of the laid-up train, C services were suspended in both directions between W. 168th Street and Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn, and all A and D services was running local, the MTA said.
Crews were still working to restore the track's use on Saturday, and repair the train, the spokesman said.