Riders evacuated from F train in Queens after partial derailment: FDNY

Posted at 9:14 PM, Sep 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 21:15:17-04

BRIARWOOD, Queens — An F train was partially derailed in Queens Saturday night near Briarwood, prompting riders to be evacuated, according to FDNY officials.

It happened between stations at Parsons Boulevard and Sutphin Boulevard, where the MTA says two wheels of the front car of a Manhattan-bound F train left the tracks in the tunnel between the two stations. The trains brakes were activated at the same time, MTA communications director Tim Minton said.

A safety mat used by maintenance workers to protect themselves from the third rail was located underneath the second car of the train, Minton said. Investigators are looking into whether or not it’s related to the derailment.

The 195 people on the train at the time were evacuated through a second train that pulled up behind the train that partially derailed. They walked back to the Parsons Boulevard station through both the “incident train” and the “reach train.”

Nobody was injured, officials said.

The incident led to various service changes to E and F trains in the area.