Coney Island-bound Q train derailment stifles morning commute

Photo by Matt Tracy/Coney Island News

A Coney Island-bound Q train derailed between the Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach train stations at the height of rush hour on Friday morning, causing extensive delays.

We spotted the derailed train idling on the tracks at around 9 a.m., just as it left the Sheepshead Bay station. The derailment occurred when wheels from the second train car came off the rail, an MTA spokesperson told Coney Island News.

There were no injuries as a result of the derailment, the MTA confirmed. It was not immediately clear what caused the derailment but an investigation is underway.

A separate train was used to connect to the derailed train to allow the 135 passengers aboard to safely exit and return to the Sheepshead Bay station.

Service resumes in the afternoon

Things settled down as of 4:30 p.m. on Friday, with Southbound B and Q trains resuming service. Both lines started running local from Prospect Park to Kings Highway and express from Kings Highway to Brighton Beach.

But the morning rush hour proved to be problematic at the worst possible time. Southbound Q train service was halted until it started running on the R line and N line to Coney Island-Stillwell Ave. The B train was only running from 145 St. to Kings Highway, with no service to Sheepshead Bay. Subway riders had to resort to shuttle buses, and the B36, B49, B68, and B82 buses made nearby stops.

Council member Chaim Deutsch praised city workers for their prompt response to the derailment.

We will keep you posted with any updates on the cause of the investigation.

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