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NYC subway passengers trapped in dark, hot train for an hour

06 June 2017

"People on the platform took pictures of us dripping sweat", rider, Michael Sciaraffo, wrote on Facebook. Some people took off shirts, others took off trousers, and one lady was forced to strip down to the point where passengers covered her with a jacket to preserve her privacy.

'Claustrophobia, panic and heat exhaustion began to set in for many folks, ' he revealed after the train came to an unexpected halt. But when it has mechanical issues and delays, an MTA train vehicle can become a unsafe place very quickly.

Fire officials say they got a call about a "trauma" at the Hugh J. Grant Circle station shortly before 7:15 a.m. Police said a woman had been hit by a southbound 6 train, though it wasn't clear how she ended up on the tracks. People began removing shirts and trousers to try to cool down, he said. At first, the conductor said the subway had stalled due to train traffic. At this point, the windows started getting steamed up.

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"I've never sweat so much just from sitting", Oswald said.

"Once we pulled into the station, a mob of people had filled the platform waiting for our train, which left no room to get us off". The doors failed to open and passengers desperately tried to pry them open.

Eventually another train pushed the broken F train from behind, to the platform which was so packed it took another ten minutes before they were allowed off. "People were sweating everywhere and sitting on the floor", Muuto account manager Samantha Mushnick told Gothamist.

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New York's subway system has been dogged with delays and malfunctions in recent months; according to The New York Times, delays across the system have more than doubled in the last five years, rising from 28,000 per month in 2012 to around 70,000 per month this year.

A power failure caused delays on multiple subway lines during the morning commute for many New Yorkers, leaving commuters stranded and furious.

The MTA claims that a third of subway delays are caused by overcrowding, accounting for almost 30,000 delays in November. "If we want to keep public transit running for another century, Governor Cuomo must make necessary investments now".

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NYC subway passengers trapped in dark, hot train for an hour