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New York subway derailment caused by human error, not track defect

Posted on June 29, 2017

NEW YORK — The Washington Times reports that the New York City subway train derailment, which injured nearly three dozen people and sparked major delays, is being blamed on human error, not a track defect.

A preliminary investigation indicates the derailment on Tuesday in Harlem was caused by “an improperly secured piece of replacement rail that was stored on the tracks,” according to a joint statement from Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota and Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim.

The derailment tossed people to the floor and forced hundreds of passengers to evacuate through darkened tunnels. For the full story, click here.

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