Subway passengers panic when cable sets off flames

2018-03-09 08:13


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New York - Panicked passengers stampeded in a New York subway station after an arcing cable set off flames and smoke.

The fire department says one person was taken to a hospital with minor injuries after the mayhem unfolded around 16:30 on Wednesday on the Upper West Side.

Bryan Murphy tells the New York Post that he saw sparks and a "ball of fire".

He says people started running, screaming and falling.

The Bronx teacher added in a Facebook post that he got caught in a cluster of people near the stairwell and couldn't move. He said he feared he would die.

A Twitter post described belongings scattered on the train platform as people fled.

MTA spokesperson Shams Tarek says the cable's insulation failed and that caused sparks, smoke and popping sounds.

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