Subway Service Snarled On Several Lines Due To Fire at NYC Transit Substation

AMNY - December 27, 2016

by Lauren Cook and Vincent Barone

Service has resumed with extensive delays on the D, E and F lines after a manhole explosion set fire to an MTA substation in Manhattan Sunday night, snarling service, according to the transit agency.

The incident occurred just before 10:15 p.m. Sunday at 126 W. 53rd St., according to an FDNY spokesman. About 1,000 people from at least three subway trains had to be evacuated overnight, police and fire officials said. The fire was brought under control around 1:37 a.m.

Although no injuries were reported during the evacuations, the fire caused several delays due to a loss of power to the third rail at Seventh Avenue, fire and MTA officials said. “The manhole fire severely damaged critical electrical components that provide power to several lines serving midtown Manhattan, including the D, E and F,” the MTA wrote in a Facebook post Monday morning. “Transit electrical crews worked throughout the night to re-route power around the damaged equipment in order to restore service this morning.” Straphangers should continue to anticipate long wait times on the impacted lines. Service throughout the subway system is operating on a Sunday schedule following the Christmas holiday.

It is not immediately clear what caused the blast.