New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said on Monday that a short power surge disrupted half of New York City’s subway system for several hours and detained hundreds of passengers.
Hochul told reporters that from just after 9pm on Sunday to 1:30am on Monday, the unprecedented failure affected more than 80 trains on the numbered lines of the subway system, plus the L train.
The governor said that five of the trains were trapped between the stations, carrying more than 550 people at the same time, and they had to evacuate through tunnels. She went on to say that the evacuation of the two trains was directed by emergency personnel, while the passengers on the other two trains left on their own, adding that “the last train has re-platformed.”
This self-evacuation delayed the restoration of power because the rescue team “had to check all the tracks to make sure there were no people in the tracks,” Hochul continued.
Hochul explained that the power supply could have been restored before midnight, but because the passengers were at risk after self-evacuation, the power supply was restored after an hour and a half.
The governor called the power outage unacceptable: “MTA [Metropolitan Transportation Authority] It is the lifeblood of the city, and such a large-scale destruction can be catastrophic. “
Hochul stated that she has ordered a review to determine the root cause of the service interruption in order to prevent it from happening again.
“I also know very well that we have no indication that any malicious behavior will cause this situation, which is why I want to figure out what happened,” she added.
The power surge was triggered by a series of events after the city’s electricity supplier, EdisonAccording to Hochul, a feeder was lost in a short period of time, which caused the New Yorker’s voltage to drop.
She said that at the same time, the two power plants went offline, causing a temporary power outage, which was subsequently failed over to the backup system.
The governor explained: “When it tried to return to normal, there was a surge. The unprecedented surge caused the subway to lose its signal and communication capabilities, as well as the communication capabilities between the command center and the trains of the entire system.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Bill de Blasio) in Press conference No injuries were caused by the incident. He also stated that the city government has been cooperating with the MTA to investigate the outage.
On August 24, the Democrat and former Lieutenant Governor Hochell, who took over as governor of New York after Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, stated that subway services have now returned to normal and commute on Monday morning.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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