‘Unusual’: MTA Looks For Cause Of Queens F Train Derailment

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September 22, 2019 - 12:16 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The F train was shut down for seven hours Saturday night after a partial derailment, and the MTA is trying to figure out what caused the “unusual” incident.

The first car on a Manhattan-bound F train slid off the tracks between the Parsons Boulevard and Sutphin Boulevard stations in Jamaica around 8 p.m.

No one was injured, but nearly 200 riders had to be evacuated.

The derailment also set off cancelations and delays that lasted until 2 a.m. Sunday.

MTA Communications Director Tim Minton says a third-rail mat was found under the second car.

“Third-rail protection mats are exactly that—they’re for protection during work. They’re not supposed to have come in contact with trains that are running. Normally when work is done, the power is off, the workers are there,” Minton said. “So it is unusual. The investigation continues.”

Minton says it’s not clear if there is any connection between the mat and the derailment.

“We don’t know why trains that went through the same tunnel before had no problem,” he said.

The train’s operator is undergoing routine drug and alcohol testing.