Service restored after 1 train derailment in Harlem

Posted at 9:14 AM, May 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-30 10:03:57-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Good news for subway riders. Service has been restored to the #1 Line after a derailment caused major disruptions. The M.T.A. says service was back up with some delays at 6:43 a.m. Thursday.

The scene however, remained a bit messy Thursday morning at 137th and Broadway. Commuters could be seen rushing to catch shuttle buses on a line that can carry as many as 75,000 riders a day.

Due to the derailment, service was suspended from 137th to Chambers street in both directions.  Many of the shuttle buses were packed with some people opting to wait until the next bus cued up so they wouldn’t be squeezed.

Jose Rivas was headed south on the #1 when it reached the 137th street City College station. ” They told us to get off and head to the shuttle bus.  They didn’t really announce anything.”  asked if the change would make him late he said “Absolutely.”

“Severe delays.  Gonna be really late now,” said another passenger while another called it “horrible.”

The problems all started with the derailment just before 6 p.m. Wednesday night on the downtown #1 between the 125th and 116th street stations as the train was heading into a tunnel.  Workers say a piece of the rail split allowing the front wheels of the lead car to jump off the track

Fortunately no one was hurt but riders were stuck on hot trains for about an hour and a lot of people were inconvenienced for about 12 hours while repairs were made.