F train service restored in Brooklyn, with delays, after Coney Island subway derailment

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By Dan Sears

F train service was restored in southern Brooklyn for Thursday morning’s commute after a train derailed in Coney Island on Wednesday, though MTA officials said subway riders should expect delays on the line.

Workers have moved the train that went off the rails along an elevated portion of the line near the West 8th–New York Aquarium station shortly after noon Wednesday, according to the MTA.

A spokesperson for the transit authority said the derailment’s cause is still being investigated. More than 30 passengers were safely taken off the train and none were injured, MTA officials said Wednesday.

Northbound F trains are running at slow speeds in the area as crews continue to make repairs, per the MTA’s website.

The derailment came just six days after two 1 trains collided and derailed on the Upper West Side. That incident is currently being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and resulted in minor injuries for about 25 people.

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The Coney Island derailment caused extensive disruptions on the F and G lines Wednesday as emergency teams assisted passengers onboard the train, MTA officials said.

In response to the two incidents, NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said her team would “look at the entire [subway] system, including how it is managed and supervised.”

NYC Transit President Richard Davey said during a news conference Wednesday the train was moving at a reduced speed through a construction zone when it jumped the tracks. He acknowledged derailments happen occasionally but said customers should feel safe taking the subway.

Photos obtained by Gothamist show the Manhattan-bound train that derailed busted through a wooden barrier adjacent to the tracks and landed just feet from the edge of the line’s elevated structure.

A witness who works near the scene said the tracks had been undergoing repairs in recent months and the train was not speeding when it derailed.

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