Some 500 passengers were rescued from a subway in Queens Sunday after the train hit an object on the track, triggering a smoke condition.
Deputy Chief Francis McCarthy revealed that passengers on the No. 7 train traveling to Manhattan were led into a rescue train and back to the Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave. station in Long Island City after the FDNY received a call about a fire in the tunnel around 5:30 p.m.
McCarthy added that the train ran over the object, causing the train to stall some 3,500 feet into the tunnel.
“Once it was confirmed no one was on the tracks we had to put the power back on and get the rescue train out there to rescue the people trapped in the tunnel,” McCarthy said.
Abigail Kowalczyk, 23, one of the passengers, said they were stuck on the train for about two hours, terrifying one rider so much the person was sick to their stomach.
Sources said Manhattan-bound service remained suspended between Hunters Point Ave. and 34 St.-Hudson Yards Sunday night as crews worked to remove the object under the train.
According to reports, the NYPD is now investigating if someone intentionally placed the object on the tracks.