An F Train derailed in Woodside, Queens, this morning, causing delays and forcing an evacuation through the subway car roof. The train went off the rails at about 10:30AM, just south of the Queens 65th street station, causing thick clouds of smoke.
UPDATE: Officials are reporting 19 injuries, four of them serious.
Three trains were affected in the aftermath as crews cut power to the tunnel, the MTA said. Two trains were reveresed to another station, but a Manhattan-bound E train was stuck behind the derailed F and the responders planned to evacuate those riders after the F train was emptied, an MTA spokeswoman said.
E trains were suspended in both directions between Queens Plaza and Jamaica Center, the MTA said. F trains were suspended between 179th Street and 21st Street. M trains terminated at Essex Street. R trains were suspended between 71st Ave and Queens Plaza.
“I woke up literally right before it started shaking violently. Suddenly it just braked really hard. A lot of people were crying,” one witness said. We’ll update here if anything changes.