19 injured in New York subway derailment: fire department

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Posted: May 02, 2014 11:14 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City subway train carrying 1,000 riders derailed on Friday morning while traveling through a tunnel in the borough of Queens, injuring 19 people, city fire officials said.

Fifteen people escaped with minor injuries while four more were transported to a hospital with potentially serious injuries, officials said.

The incident, at 10:24 AM local time, involved a Manhattan-bound eight-car "F" line subway, they said. The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.

Video of the scene broadcast on the NY1 channel showed fire officials evacuating throngs of people, in darkness and some through subway grates.

(Reporting By Edith Honan; editing by Gunna Dickson)