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Signal Problems, Smoke, Wreak Havoc on Subway for Rush-Hour Commute

 A smoke condition in a Manhattan subway station was causing crowded subway platforms and delays in Queens Wednesday morning.
A smoke condition in a Manhattan subway station was causing crowded subway platforms and delays in Queens Wednesday morning.
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MANHATTAN — Signal problems throughout the system and a smoke condition inside a Manhattan subway station caused commuting chaos on more than 10 lines during Wednesday morning's rush hour, MTA officials and witnesses said.

Signal problems affected the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, D, F and Times Square shuttle, the MTA said.

Trains along the N, Q and R lines were also disrupted because of a smoke condition at Lexington Avenue-59th Street, sparking long delays and crowded platforms, officials and witnesses said.

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The cause was not clear and the FDNY was investigating the incident, which started at 9:13 a.m. No injuries were immediately reported.

As a result, N and Q trains were suspended between Queens and Manhattan, the MTA said. R trains were running along the F line between Manhattan and Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights, the MTA said.

Riding #Q train this morning was worst than a root canal. #mta

— David Nguyen (@mnguyea) March 4, 2015

It was not immediately clear what sparked the signal problems. MTA officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Signal problems affected the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and shuttle trains, according to the MTA. By 10:30 a.m., service on the Lexington Avenue line had been restored.

Southbound F train service was disrupted because of problems at Kings Highway, the MTA said.

Northbound D trains had problems at 9th Avenue and were running express from there to Bay Parkway, the MTA said.

Riders should check the MTA's website for service updates.

Major train delays because of a possible fire on a train. #astoria #Ditmars #mta #subway #nyc pic.twitter.com/dhPuof5sZ9

— Funky Suspenders (@funkysuspenders) March 4, 2015