Vintage style subway entrance, New York City

Sometimes, especially at this most sensitive time of year, whose date recalls such grand horror in the collective minds of our city’s people, it is comforting to hear about an accident wherein no one was seriously injured. Such was the case in last night’s incident, when a G train derailed with a mere 80 passengers aboard, only 3 of whom were injured, and none of them grievously so.

At around 10:30PM Thursday night, the front axle of a G train lost contact with the tracks below, affected in some capacity by a hazardous obstacle, causing the two wheels attached to the axle to skip the tracks likewise, which then derailed the train. Evidently, it was some concrete scree, knocked loose from the train tunnel’s interior (it’s ceiling or sidewall, likely) that wedged itself underneath the speeding train and precipitated the derailment, which occurred 700 feet away from the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station. In fact, in the photographs taken of the scene  of the accident, you’ll notice large chunks of debris sucked up under the undercarriage of the front cart.

The tunnel itself contains all sorts of supporting systems. Concrete walkways, which servicemen and women use to repair the myriad wires and cables that run alongside subway cars, were used in this instance to safely evacuate rail riders from the wayward G. A few brave New Yorkers captured the scene on their camera phones- a single-file, wall-hugging exodus through the dark, watched over and shepherded along by police officers, firemen, and MTA employees clad in dayglow safety gear. Of the nearly 100 passengers who were disembarked, triaged by the police consort that was on hand, 2 complained of minor injuries and one other passenger complained of dizziness. All said and done, this is a miraculously small cost to incur in the aftermath of a derailment. Generally speaking, the word “derailment” conjures much more devastating mental scenes.

So, deep into the night, public workers and MTA employees worked in tandem, clearing the guilty concrete off the tracks and righting the dislodged train. This process is known as “re-railing” a train. And the workers handled the re-railing task with aplomb, because service, which had been halted in-full and in both directions, between the Bedford-Nostrand and Church Avenue stops, had resumed by daybreak. Though some lingering service changes remain. The MTA hopes to have the bulk of the work done soon, and aim to return to normal service on the G line by the time the workweek starts on Monday. Shuttle buses and some free transfers were offered in the meantime to compensate for the inconvenience.


A Brief History of the G Train

The G train’s original claim to fame was servicing the 1939 World’s Fair, which was held in Queens’ Flushing Meadows – Corona Park. Back then, the G train was called the GG train, before a change in naming policy truncated the name to its current iteration.

During WWII, the G train provided an invaluable service as it brought industrial workers to outer-borough manufacturing plants, where materials were made for the troops overseas.

Nowadays, the G train’s reputation is a little less sterling. Straphangers in the modern day like to harangue the G for having too few cars, for providing unreliable service, and for throwing daily wrenches into their pre- and post-work commutes. Despite complaints, the constrictive budget of the MTA makes it hard to make wholesale improvements on any one rail line.

Anyone who has ever rushed to a G train only to sit in a car whose doors seem to stay everlastingly open knows the struggle. However, it can be safely said that impatience among New Yorkers isn’t isolated solely to the G train. Delays are experienced throughout the entirety of the subway system.


Kaplan Lawyers PC

At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we’ve talked at length about train safety. We’ve advocated the close and comprehensive reading of all warning signage, and we’ve stressed the importance of adhering to all sets of rules as laid out by city officials. Staying alert in general also improves your odds of eluding danger. Derailments, however, are outside the control of an ordinary commuter. And while this situation was, mercifully, not so harmful respective to some other train-related accidents of the past, it can still be used as an example. Seen as a moment to reflect on the significance of exercising caution. If you have been careful, and have followed the rules, and you were still injured or harmed in a public setting, then the blame may shift to the government agencies and store proprietors who are obligated to maintain safe environments for pedestrians and patrons alike. So if you have been injured, contact Kaplan Lawyers PC for a free consultation. We can begin informing you of your rights and will start mounting your case. You deserve compensation for the suffering you’ve endured, and at Kaplan Lawyers PC, we’ll work hard to secure this compensation for you.