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Two cars of a crowded subway train veered off the tracks Tuesday morning and crashed into a wall in northern Manhattan, injuring dozens of people and causing panic as riders evacuated and made their way through an underground tunnel to the nearest station.
Riders relayed harrowing accounts of the train being violently jolted and then being plunged into darkness. For several frightening minutes, as sparks flew and smoke filled the cars, passengers did not know what had happened.
“The emergency brakes automatically went on. The train bucked forward, it bucked backward. In the process of doing that, two of the – there’s eight cars on this train – two of the cars derailed. They scraped the side of the wall,” MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said.