NYC subway trains collide near 96th Street, causing minor derailment

January 4, 2024

Scene of the collision and derailment north of 96th Street. Photo by Marc A. Hermann / MTA on Flickr

Service on the 1, 2, and 3 trains in Manhattan remains disrupted Friday morning after a subway train on the Upper West Side derailed. Around 3 p.m. on Thursday, a 1 train with roughly 300 commuters on board hit a work train as it was merging onto the northbound track north of 96th Street. According to emergency personnel, 24 passengers sustained injuries, none of which were life-threatening.

Photo by Marc A. Hermann / MTA on Flickr

Transit officials estimate about 300 people were evacuated from the 1 train that derailed. An additional 300 to 400 people were evacuated from a train not involved in the collision that was stuck in the tunnel behind the 1 train. Four crew members were on the work train.

It’s not yet known what caused the trains to collide, but according to Richard Davey, president of NYC Transit, nothing was wrong with the train’s equipment.

“At this point, there’s nothing to suggest that it was equipment-related,” Davey said during a press conference on Thursday. “We will obviously look at human factors as well. I think it’s a little too early to tell, but at this point, from what we can tell, the equipment was working as intended.”

As of Friday morning, 1/2/3 service remains partially suspended at several stations as MTA crew make repairs to the train that derailed. The agency said once repairs are made, crew members will “move the train to a storage facility, inspect the tracks, and make any needed repairs to the tracks and infrastructure.”

Here’s how train service is affected as of 7 a.m. Friday, according to the MTA:

  • No 1 trains between 137 St-City College and Times Sq-42 St
  • No 2 trains on the West Side of Manhattan
  • No 3 trains between 135 St and Times Sq-42 St

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