All the Metropolitan Transit Authority would say was the trains were re-routed due to a “rail condition.” But according to the New York Post, the train lost a wheel just before 9 a.m. near the West 81st Street-Museum Of Natural History station. Published reports say a track problem caused the wheel on the back car to leave the track.
Subway crews evacuated the passengers by backing up a rescue train to the front of the crippled train, dropping them off at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle stop. There haven’t been any reports of injuries.
Meanwhile, the MTA announced around noon, that downtown A and D trains will be running on the local tracks between the 125th Street and 59th Street-Columbus Circle stations, until further notice. All C Train service has been suspended while the A line runs local.