NEW YORK — A 1 train derailed near 125th Street during Wednesday evening's rush hour, suspending service on a large section of the line and forcing many riders to evacuate, officials said.
The 5:50 p.m. incident left the derailed train stuck near the 125th Street station and left hundreds of passengers stranded for more than an hour before being evacuated, the MTA and witnesses said.
None of the 350 to 400 people onboard the train were injured, an MTA spokeswoman said.
The only part of the train that derailed was one set of wheels on the southbound train's first car, the spokeswoman said. The derailment occurred just after the train passed through the 125th Street station.
The MTA sent two rescue trains to pull up behind the disabled train, creating a bridge that allowed passengers to exit onto the 125th Street platform, the MTA said. All riders had evacuated by about 7:15 p.m., officials said.
"Subway car is getting hotter," tweeted @jamie_bx, who documented his experience aboard the stranded train on Twitter. "Firefighters are staying cool and keeping us informed by letting [us] all hear the dispatcher. #MTA."
The investigation into the incident was ongoing Wednesday evening and was expected to continue into the night, the MTA spokeswoman said. Once the investigation was complete, the MTA planned to move the damaged train and examine the rails to see if repairs needed to be made.
As of 9 p.m., no 1 trains were running in either direction between Chambers Street and 137th Street-City College, the MTA said. The 1 train was running north of 137th Street and south of Chambers Street. Also, 2 and 3 trains were running on the local track between Chambers and 96th streets in both directions, the MTA said.