Updated (5:00 p.m.): For the latest on service in Queens, please refer to my new post on evening service. I won’t be updating this post any further.
Updated (1:25 p.m.): The MTA is reporting that a Manhattan-bound F express train derailed at around 10:30 a.m. near 65th St. in Queens. According to the agency, the middle six of the train’s eight cars jumped the tracks while the front and rears cars stayed in place. Over 1000 passengers were evacuated, and 19 were injured, four seriously.
As the evening rush approaches, the MTA does not anticipate regular service along the Queens Boulevard line. The 7 train will run all weekend to carry some of the burden, and the LIRR is currently cross-honoring MetroCards.
For specific service changes, keep an eye out the MTA’s site. As of 1:25 p.m., the following changes are in effect:
- There is no train service between 71st Av-Forest Hills and Queens Plaza in both directions.
- There is no train service between 71st Av-Forest Hills and 21 St-Queensbridge in both directions.
- There is no train service between Forest Hills-71 Av and Essex St.
- There is no train service between 71 Av-Forest Hills and Queens Plaza in both directions.
- Some northbound trains are running on the line from 57 St-7 Av to Queensboro Plaza.
Anyone trying to reach the JFK Airtrain should take the A train or LIRR, and other customers are advised to take the 7, J or L trains for service into Queens. LIRR is cross-honoring MetroCards at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside, Nostrand Av, East New York, Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Penn Station-34 St. Shuttle buses are between Queens Plaza or 21 St.-Queensbridge and Forest Hills. Prepare for crowded and slow rides.
I’ll have more information as it becomes available. For more photos from scenes of the incident, check out the MTA’s photo album on Flickr.
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U/D Queens: There are Aprox1000 people on derailed train in Subway tunnel. 4 of them on oxygen Evacuation in progress at emergency exit.
— NY Scanner (@NYScanner) May 2, 2014