NEW YORK (AFP) - A minor derailment on New York's beleaguered subway system forced the evacuation on Friday (July 21) of 135 passengers to a nearby Brooklyn station, causing delays, suspensions and compounding customer misery, officials said.
One car came off the tracks shortly before 9am (9pm Singapore time) near Brighton Beach, where a replacement bus service was laid on for affected passengers, said the Metropolitan Transport Authority.
There were no injuries in the incident, which came as commuters battle a "summer of hell" owing to emergency repair work on mainline rail tracks at Penn Station, North America's busiest rail hub.
New York's 113-year-old subway system, used by six million people a day, suffers from decades of underinvestment and deferred maintenance, blamed for chronic delays, power cuts and overcrowding.
Thirty-six people were left with minor injuries in June when two subway cars careened off the tracks, leaving hundreds of people stuck for more than an hour.