NYC: Arrest made in subway derailment caused by train striking debris on tracks in Manhattan

CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) — A man has been arrested for allegedly tossing debris onto subway tracks in Manhattan Sunday morning in Chelsea, causing a train to derail and snarling service for much of the day.

Demetrius Harvard, 30, is charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, assault and criminal trespass.

Police said an investigation revealed Harvard was seen throwing construction debris on the express track at the 8th Avenue and 14th Street train station around 8:15 a.m.

After hours of suspensions, local service returned Sunday evening with delays, but the MTA late Sunday announced that full service was expected to be restored on the A/C/E lines by 5 a.m. Monday morning.

In Sunday’s apparent act of sabotage, the front wheels went off the rails as the train pulled into the station and struck the tossed metal plate, with the car scraping against columns, damaging them, and shredding the exterior of the train.


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