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No. 1 Subway Service Resumes After Train Derailment In Harlem

Cause For Derailment Remains Under Investigation

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Subway service on the No. 1 line has resumed in both directions following a derailment Wednesday in Harlem.

Crews worked through the night to repair the third rail and protection boards, the MTA said. The cause for the derailment remains under investigation.

More than 400 people were on board a No. 1 train when it derailed just before 6 p.m. Wednesday near the elevated 125th Street subway station.

Cell phone video shows the conductor on the stranded 1 train trying to keep passengers calm.

“Before it came to a halt, there was a jump in the train, the train actually jumped. The lady that was next to me, her son jumped and fell out of the seat,” said Morningside Heights resident Dwight Bowerbank.

Passengers were stuck without air conditioning or electricity for more than an hour until a rescue train arrived.

Amateur video posted to YouTube shows firefighters climbing a wall and using a ladder to reach passengers then leading them one by one out of the stranded train and onto the rescue train.

Crews examine a No. 1 subway train in  the tunnel near 125th Street after it derailed Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (credit: MTA)

Crews examine a No. 1 subway train in the tunnel near 125th Street after it derailed Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (credit: MTA)

Investigators haven’t said what caused the train to derail, but new pictures show MTA workers examining what appears to be a large piece of wood jammed between the wheels and rails.

No injuries were reported.

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