Smoking W Train Evacuated in Astoria: FDNY

The Patch - May 02, 2018

by patch.com

Fire officials evacuated hundreds of riders from the train at 39 Avenue after it began smoking, vibrating and making loud noises. By Danielle Woodward, Patch Staff | May 1, 2018 9:19 am ET

ASTORIA, QUEENS -- Hundreds of New Yorkers crowded an Astoria subway platform after they were forced to evacuate a smoking Manhattan-bound train on Tuesday morning, fire officials and riders said.

Fire officials evacuated the smoking W train at 39 Avenue to investigate after receiving a report of a transit incident at around 8 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said. Riders said they were evacuated after the train began smoking, vibrating and making loud noises.

The FDNY investigation caused N and W trains to run express from Astoria Boulevard to Queensborough Plaza, but normal service resumed just before 9 a.m., the MTA said.

But the evacuation left hundreds of evacuated riders stranded and frustrated as they crowded onto the platform at 39 Avenue to wait for a bus to Queensborough Plaza, one Twitter user said.