NYC subway train loses power, strands riders for 2 ½ hours

AP News
Posted: Feb 02, 2015 1:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Transit officials say a New York City subway train lost power, stranding riders for 2 ½ hours before it could be towed to a station. Five other trains were stuck behind it.

The Manhattan-bound No. 7 train lost power above ground in Queens at about 9 a.m. Monday. Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Amanda Kwan says it was pulled into Queensboro Plaza by a rescue car at around 11:30 a.m.

Stranded passenger Ashley Carr says people were packed shoulder-to-shoulder on the stalled train. The temperature outside was about 30 degrees at the time.

The MTA says five No. 7 express trains were stuck behind it, but they didn't lose power. They were taken to a station in Woodside to let passengers off.

The MTA is investigating the cause of the outage.