You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Subway derailment caused by person throwing debris onto track, investigators say

ABC News logo ABC News 9/21/2020
a train is parked on the side of a building: MTA officials said an A train derailed at the 14th Street station Sunday morning after a suspect allegedly threw debris onto the tracks. © David Lavine via Storyful MTA officials said an A train derailed at the 14th Street station Sunday morning after a suspect allegedly threw debris onto the tracks.

A New York City subway derailed and saw significant damage Sunday morning after someone allegedly threw debris onto the track, according to investigators and officials.

The northbound "A" train was coming into a stop at the 14th Street station in Manhattan when it struck the debris and its first car scraped four columns, according to New York City Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg.

"At this time, the cause of the incident appears to be an act of vandalism," she said in a statement.

MORE: Historic New York City subway shutdown for cleaning deemed 'successful'

There were 134 passengers on the train -- no major injuries were reported and the riders were safely evacuated from the train, Feinberg said in a statement. Another train that was behind the derailed cab was stuck in a tunnel and crews were able to get the 125 passengers out safely, according to New York City Transit.

a group of people sitting at a train station: MTA officials said an A train derailed at the 14th Street station Sunday morning after a suspect allegedly threw debris onto the tracks. © David Lavine via Storyful MTA officials said an A train derailed at the 14th Street station Sunday morning after a suspect allegedly threw debris onto the tracks.

"We have 100 feet of the third rail with damage and we have significant damage to the car itself. In some of the photos, the crash actually struck the steel," Frank Jezycki, the head of subways for NYC Transit, told reporters at a news conference.

WABC reported that witnesses saw a homeless man throwing construction debris onto the tracks. The NYPD told ABC News that it was speaking with a person of interest, but as of Sunday afternoon, there were no arrests.

MORE: As NYC subways prepare for disinfecting, homeless will have to find alternate refuge

The derailment ruined subway service for thousands of customers for the rest of the day as the station had to be bypassed. Crews worked around the clock to restore power and service to normal -- Feinberg warned commuters to be ready for inconveniences as the workweek began.

MTA officials said an A train derailed at the 14th Street station Sunday morning after a suspect allegedly threw debris onto the tracks. © Nick Pittman/Instagram MTA officials said an A train derailed at the 14th Street station Sunday morning after a suspect allegedly threw debris onto the tracks.

"At this time, it is unclear whether express service will be available for the Monday morning rush," she said in a statement.

AdChoices
AdChoices

More From ABC News

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon