Straphangers evacuated after No. 7 train fills with smoke

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The third-rail problem caused delays on the No. & line in both directions. (Photo: Christopher Brito/WPIX)

NEW YORK (PIX11) — A third-rail problem on the No. 7 line caused straphangers to be stranded inside smoke-filled subway cars.

Passengers were forced to evacuate a Queens-bound train after smoke began filling the cars just east of Grand Central Terminal.

“There was a rushing noise, like an airplane was about to ascend,  followed by a ball of orange,” said PIX11 production assistant Christopher Brito, who was headed for Jackson Heights. “Then we evacuated.”

The train eventually reversed back to Grand Central.

According to the MTA website, due to FDNY activity at Grand Central, there is no No. 7 train service between Times Square and Hunters Point Ave as of 12:40 a.m.

Check for up to date service information.

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