Three people were injured and hundreds were evacuated Tuesday after a section of a Harlem A train flew off the tracks and smoke began to fill the subway cars during the morning rush hour, officials and witnesses said.
The Brooklyn-bound train came to a grinding halt outside the 125th St. station near St. Nicholas Ave. about 9:45 a.m. after an apparent power outage, witnesses said.
At least one train car got dislodged from the tracks in what officials describe as a minor derailment, according to law enforcement sources.
Straphangers said that the train car slammed into the tunnel wall before stopping.
“Lights went out and train halted just shy of the 125th St. stop of the A train,” straphanger Jackie Faherty tweeted. “Passengers slowly let out.”
Smoke began to fill the train cars, other straphangers said.
“Just got evacuated from a smoke filled train in probably the most terrifying 15 minutes of my NYC life ??” another train commuter tweeted.
Riders said the lights and air conditioning on their train went kaput at first.
The MTA reported a loss of power at 125th St. after 9:30 a.m., holding up A, C, B, and D trains.
“@NYCTSubway lights and a/c went out on train and train came to a full stop. What’s going on? Downtown A train about to pull into 125th,” Jenny Loeffler wrote on Twitter.
The MTA’s subway alert feed on Twitter said crews are working on bringing power back but had no estimate for how long it’ll be out.
Three people with minor injuries were being treated at the scene, an FDNY spokesman said.
Still, some took the derailment in stride — and joked about it.
“@mta you are the BEST!!!!” wrote Carrie Courogen. “It was so much fun living out my horror film fantasies. Especially the part when the train was like sideways!!!”
The derailment has forced the MTA to stop all A trains between Jay St. and the Inwood-207th St. stop. B train service between Brighton Beach and 145th St. has also been suspended, according to the MTA’s website.
Commuters on the C, D and E lines should also expect delays.