Trains Resume as A/C Leak in 50th Street Station Clears, MTA Says

By Eliza Fawcett and Aidan Gardiner  on July 30, 2013 11:42am

 1, 2, and 3 trains were disrupted when smoke filled the 50th Street station, officials said.
1, 2, and 3 trains were disrupted when smoke filled the 50th Street station, officials said.
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MIDTOWN — The 1, 2, and 3 trains were briefly disrupted Tuesday morning when air-conditioner fluid leaked from a subway car's unit in the 50th Street station, the MTA said.

About 60 firefighters raced to the station, near Broadway, about 10:50 a.m., an FDNY spokeswoman said.

The initial call was for a smoke condition in the station, fire said.

Responders found that the substance was not smoke, but freon that leaked from a subway car's air conditioning unit, an MTA spokeswoman said.

Trains along the 1, 2, and 3 lines were temporarily disrupted until the smoke condition was brought under control about 11:20 a.m., the spokeswoman said. Trains were running again as usual by 11:30, officials said.

No injuries were reported.

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