Rail Fail

Unsecured rail causes NY subway to go off track

File this under “the hazards of improper storage.” A New York subway train was derailed in upper Manhattan in late June when it struck and dragged a spare rail that had been stored between the two rails in use, reports the Associated Press.

Such storage practices are common, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, but in this instance the rail being stored had been improperly secured.

One passenger described feeling “a large thump” and feeling the train grinding for as long as 30 seconds. Embarrassed MTA officials promised such incidents won’t happen in the future—and they’d better hope they don’t: New York’s rail systems have suffered several high-profile incidents in recent months that have closed stations and left passengers stranded for hours.

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