Four people are in the hospital with what the New York City Fire Department calls "potentially serious" injuries after an eight-car subway train derailed in Queens this morning, reports the New York Times. About 20 other people had lesser injuries after the accident around 10:30am. The express train was heading to Manhattan when its middle six cars went off the tracks near a station at 65th and Broadway, reports DNA Info.
The mess stranded more than 1,000 people underground, but all have since been evacuated, reports the New York Post. Emergency crews walked them from the cars to ladders that led to an emergency grate in the sidewalk. “The train was shaking and the cars in the front started tilting to the right,” recalls one passenger. “I heard a pang and then a screech and then the train came to a halt.” The cause is unclear.