CHELSEA, MANHATTAN, NY – According to an online news report posted on abc7ny.com, several passengers riding on the subway in Chelsea were injured after a 30-year-old man threw debris on the subway tracks. The train derailed, causing injuries to a few of the passengers and halted subway service for most of the day. The 30-year-old man was arrested, and he is charged with reckless endangerment, assault, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass.
Law enforcement stated that their investigation unveiled that the suspect in the case was observed throwing construction debris onto the express track at the 14th Street and 8th Avenue train station approximately 8:15 a.m. Police are calling the incident “sabotage” due to the materials thrown onto the tracks. The suspect threw a metal plate onto the tracks causing the train to derail and scrape against the columns and causing the exterior to shred apart.
The MTA stated that the train workers were heroes for safely stopping the train and assisting the 135 passengers.
A spokesperson for the New York Fire Department stated that three of the train’s riders received injuries and one person was transported to a local area hospital for evaluation.
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