Mechanical problems trap riders on E train

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MANHATTAN — Riders trapped on a disabled E train were moved onto a rescue train Wednesday morning, an hour and a half after their subway encountered mechanical problems that halted their trip into Manhattan, an MTA official said.

The westbound train stopped moving about 9:45 a.m. north of Lexington Avenue station, according to a transit spokesman.

A rescue train was brought in behind the disabled subway and as of 11:20 a.m. customers were in the process of being transported onto that second train and back into Queens, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said he was not sure how many people were on the train when it became stuck.


The incident spurred service changes on the E, F, M and J lines. Regular service has resumed on those lines with residual delays, the MTA said in a 12:44 p.m. update.