2015-04-08 / Front Page

Trapped On The 7 Line


More than 500 passengers were trapped inside a No. 7 train that stalled under the East River for nearly two hours after it experienced mechanical problems causing the tunnel to fill with smoke. 
Photo Vinny DuPre More than 500 passengers were trapped inside a No. 7 train that stalled under the East River for nearly two hours after it experienced mechanical problems causing the tunnel to fill with smoke. Photo Vinny DuPre More than 500 passengers were trapped inside a No. 7 train that stalled under the East River for nearly two hours after it experienced mechanical problems that filled the tunnel with smoke.

The incident brought morning rush hour service between Queens and Manhattan to a grinding halt.

According to officials, passengers were trapped from just after 8 a.m. when a device known as a sliding shoe, which transmits power from the third rail to the train, became dislodged, killing all electrical current to the Manhattan bound train.

The 540 trapped individuals had to wait 90 minutes for the FDNY to bring in the rescue train, which arrived around 10:30 a.m. and shuttled them to Grand Central Terminal.

This incident happened amidst citywide complaints of service disruption and delays on the 7 line.

Several passengers, including one woman who fainted, were treated at the scene and then released, according to FDNY.

Service was restored by 11 a.m.

“The 7 train nightmare for Western Queens residents continues,” said state Senator Michael Gianaris. “We have been dealing with this for months already and today’s new chapter is especially troubling, with riders trapped under the river for an extended period. The status quo on the 7 line is simply unacceptable and I will continue to push the MTA to drastically improve the 7 train’s performance on a day to day basis.”

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