A track fire in upper Manhattan snarled subway service on several lines early Monday — trapping commuters on a D train for about an hour and leaving nine people with minor injuries.
The blaze began at about 7:25 a.m. on the track near 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, causing smoke to travel down the tunnel to 135th Street, according to FDNY officials.
Firefighters had extinguished the blaze by 9:15 a.m.
Nine people who suffered smoke inhalation were taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Harlem Hospital, officials said.
Power was cut from a southbound train and riders were stuck aboard the train as a result of the smoky tunnel.
“We’re stuck on a s/b D train near at the 145th stop Car # 2536. A woman is having a panic attack and they will not open the doors,” Twitter user @TLCherri tweeted.
“We were stuck at 145th street with the doors closed. They finally let us out due to a sick passenger. The station was filled with smoke,” the commuter said in another tweet.
Due to the track fire, the A train service was suspended between 125th Street and Inwood 207th Street in both directions.
B train service was suspended between Bedford Park Boulevard and Brighton Beach in both directions.
Service on the C train between Euclid Avenue and 168th Street was suspended in both directions and D train service between 125th Street and Norwood-205th Street was suspended in both directions.
Some northbound D trains were terminating at 36th Street in Brooklyn, West 4th Street-Washington Square or 34th Street-Herald Square.
Shuttle D train service was running between 125th Street and Norwood-205th Street in both directions.
Source: NY Post ( Danielle Furfaro, Daniel Prendergast and Natalie Musumeci)
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