Six Hundred Straphangers Evacuated in Brooklyn after Train’s Mechanical Failure

NY Daily News - September 09, 2019

by CATHERINA GIOINO and TREVOR BOYER

About 600 straphangers were evacuated from a subway train in Brooklyn on Sunday morning after a mechanical failure caused the train’s emergency brakes to activate, according to the Transport Workers Union.

Passengers on the A/C line traveling to Manhattan were led out of the train and back to the High St. station after the FDNY received a call about smoke in the tunnel at 10:30 a.m.

“FDNY and EMS are on the scene at the High Street subway station responding to a stalled train with passengers aboard. They worked with the MTA and ensured everyone got back to the station platform safely,” tweeted Mayor de Blasio.

A conductor and an operator led the commuters through the cars of the disabled train and to a new train that pulled in front. The new train was brought to the High St. station, according to an official with TWU Local 100.

A FDNY spokesman called it “an all-hands operation.” Video on the Citizen app showed about a dozen fire trucks lined up on Cadman Plaza West, near the subway entrance.

A FDNY radio transmission blamed the smoke on brake pads hitting the third rail, but the fire department could not immediately confirm the cause.

Earlier in the day, the MTA tweeted: “There are service changes and delays in A and C train service while we investigate why a train’s brakes were activated near High St.”

By 11:45 a.m., the train was fully evacuated and all smoke was cleared from the tunnel, said the FDNY.