Manhattan Subway Train Derails after Man Tosses Metal Clamps Onto Tracks

Andrew Cummings
September 22, 2020

A news release from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the incident occurred about 8:17 a.m., and that the lead vehicle in the eight-car A train scraped four support columns that separate the northbound and southbound express tracks.

Harvard allegedly tried twice to throw the plates onto the tracks, sources told the New York Post.

A train hindered after entering contact with particles on the roadbed as it was pulling into a train station in Manhattan Sunday early morning, according to the MTA.

The train reportedly sideswiped about 10 steel beams in the middle of the track before coming to a halt.


Police believe the suspect found a pile of tie plates, which are normally used to secure the train tracks to the foundations, on a pile of construction materials at the 14th St. station.

When the train pulled in, three of the subway cars derailed - and Harvard was allegedly seen laughing as the train swerved.

The MDA says the incident caused power outages on all four tracks.

According to preliminary data, the accident was provoked by a 30-year-old homeless man who was detained and interrogated.


Attorney information for Harvard concerning Sunday's arrest was not immediately available. Other rails were also badly damaged.

Transit officials said 125 passengers were safely evacuated from another train that was stuck in the tunnel near 34th Street when the power went out.

There are extensive delays and service changes on the A, C, D, E, and F lines.


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