NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Smoke at the Bowery Station on the Lower East Side temporarily suspended some service and forced trains carrying more than 500 passengers to backtrack and be emptied earlier Friday.
Service was fully restored around 9:30 p.m. after being suspended in both directions on the J and M lines between Marcy Ave. and Broad Street earlier in the afternoon.
The smoke was reported around 2:50 p.m. between the Essex Street and Bowery stations.
Firefighters were called to the scene, but no injuries were reported.
Service resumed on B, D and M lines at around 4:45 p.m. with residual delays.
A lower Manhattan-bound J train with 350 passengers and a Queens-bound M train with 200 riders had to back up to Essex Street to let the people out. The MTA said that took about 18 minutes.