Straphangers aboard the A train on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
MANHATTAN — More than 30 people were hurt and dozens evacuated when the brakes on a southbound A train were abruptly triggered, sending two cars off the rails and into a wall near the West 125th Street station and tearing a door off one car, riders and officials said.
The train was approaching the 125th Street station about 9:48 a.m. when the emergency brake activated, throwing terrified riders from their seats as lights started flickering and sparks flew outside their windows before the whole train came to an abrupt stop, witnesses said.
“It was a bit of a rough ride. Then it felt like the train was jumping. I was like, ‘This is serious.’ All of a sudden, I saw what I thought was a flash or explosion. I wasn’t sure. It all happened so quick. A car went off, then the train stopped. People were screaming. It was chaos,” said Kelly Kopp, a 48-year-old photographer who was on the second to last car.
“People were throwing up, people were screaming. I thought I might be caught in some fire. I was terrified,” Kopp added.
Straphangers were evacuated through the dark as the cars filled with smoke from garbage that caught fire from sparks caused by the crash, officials said.