An F train derailed in Woodside, injuring 19, disrupting service, and alarming all those who ride the subway every day. On May 2nd, at around eleven o’clock in the morning, six of eight cars on a Manhattan-bound F express train disengaged from the track, causing the train itself to break loose inside a tunnel south of the 65th street station.

In the aftermath of the catastrophe, workers toiled ceaselessly to restore service to the F line. In what can only be described as a small miracle, no one was killed, and trains were up and running again by 5pm that evening. Which is truly the absolute best outcome given the circumstances. While the train was down, however, the MTA explored a few different ways to try and keep commuters flowing freely towards their destinations. M and R train service became limited, but E Trains began making local stops to accommodate demand. The 7 train, as well as many added shuttle buses, were suggested as alternative options for travel within the affected area.

Victims of the event painted a frightening picture. The train, most corroborated, began shaking violently before braking abruptly seconds before the derailment. Witnesses reported a chaotic scene: crumbled cement columns, broken glass, jet streams of smoke, sparks, and fire. Stretchers arrived on-scene promptly, and those who weren’t injured were escorted through dark, dust-filled tunnels towards emergency escape ladders.

There have been no reported derailments of this nature since 2011, when a 6 train derailed near 125th street. No one was injured in that accident either. And while early suspicions point fingers towards possibly defective equipment, early investigations have proven that the rail responsible was installed mere weeks ago. The equipment having fallen into a state of disrepair, then, was certainly not the cause of this particular calamity.

Michael Gianaris, a senator who represents New York’s 12th State Senate district, issued public statements concerning the derailment. Speaking on behalf of the Queens neighborhoods he works on behalf of, he stated that “every New Yorker should feel safe on the subway.” With this sentiment, Kaplan Lawyers PC couldn’t more wholeheartedly agree. The MTA and the city of New York provided quick and efficient support for those involved with this accident, that much is true. But if you’ve been injured in a train accident of any nature, you already know the costs involved in ongoing care. We believe that pedestrians have the right to comprehensive coverage if they’ve been injured while using public transportation. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, our consultations serve as free and easy ways to become informed as to the extent of your rights. So if you’re suffering, don’t hesitate to call.

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