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The Latest: Derailment caused by ‘improperly secured’ rail

A commuter exits a closed off station after a subway train derailment, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. A subway train derailed near a station in Harlem on Tuesday, frightening passengers and resulting in a power outage as people were evacuated from trains along the subway line. The Fire Department of New York said a handful of people were treated for minor injuries at around 10 a.m. It said there was smoke but no fire. Delays were reported throughout the subway system. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a Harlem subway derailment (all times local):

12 a.m.

New York City transit officials say a preliminary investigation indicates a subway train derailment was caused by “an improperly secured piece of replacement rail” that was stored on the tracks.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a statement late Tuesday that the cause appears to be human error and not a track defect.

The train derailed Tuesday morning as it entered a station in Harlem, injuring nearly three dozen people and sparking major delays.

In its statement, the MTA says crews are inspecting “every inch of rail” to ensure that replacement parts are properly stored and secured.

The MTA also says crews will be working throughout the night to try to restore normal service by Wednesday morning’s commute.

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5 p.m.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it expects to resume limited service on the A, B, and D lines following a subway derailment in Harlem.

Transit officials say power will be restored on the local tracks at about 5 p.m. Tuesday. Service on the C line remains suspended.

Fire officials say 34 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries when the subway train derailed Tuesday morning, frightening passengers and causing system-wide delays.

Officials say the derailed train is in the process of being removed from the track.

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1:30 p.m.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is celebrating the reopening of a long-closed subway station at the southern tip of Manhattan at the same time it is investigating a derailment in Harlem.

The South Ferry station opened at noon Tuesday, nearly five years after it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

Transit workers in hard hats cheered as the yellow tape blocking the entrance was removed.

The South Ferry station was just three years old when it flooded. It opened in 2009, replacing an outmoded station that had room for only the first half of a 10-car subway train.

Riders had to use the old station once again during the lengthy repairs to the new one.

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12:30 p.m.

Fire officials say 34 people have suffered non-life-threatening-injuries from a Harlem subway derailment that frightened passengers and resulted in system-wide delays.

The chairman of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority says transit officials are investigating why the train’s emergency brakes went on before the derailment approaching the station at 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.

Joe Lhota (LOH’-tuh) says there were no initial indications of equipment or track failure before two cars derailed and scraped a wall on Tuesday morning.

Service on the A, B, C and D lines has been suspended until the investigation is completed.

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12:15 p.m.

The chairman of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority says transit officials are investigating why a subway train’s emergency brakes went on before a minor Harlem derailment that frightened passengers and resulted in systemwide delays.

Joe Lhota (LOH’-tuh) says there were no initial indications of equipment or track failure before two cars derailed and scraped a wall on Tuesday morning.

He says seven people sustained minor injuries, mostly smoke inhalation.

Service on the A, B, C and D lines has been suspended until the investigation is completed.

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11:05 a.m.

A New York City subway train has derailed near a station in Harlem, frightening passengers and causing a power outage that led to evacuations along the subway line.

The Fire Department of New York says a handful of people were treated for minor injuries at around 10 a.m. Tuesday. It says there was smoke but no fire.

Passengers interviewed by local TV stations described the train vibrating wildly and bucking as it went off the rails.

Pictures and video posted on social media showed passengers evacuating through darkened subway tunnels.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was reporting major delays as a result.

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10:45 a.m.

Emergency personnel have responded to a Manhattan subway station where passengers were reporting smoke and a loss of power.

Video images on television showed ambulances on the scene around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Passengers on one train tell WABC that it felt like it jumped off the tracks at around 125th Street.

The Fire Department said three patients were being treated for minor injuries. It said there was smoke, but no fire.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was reporting major delays as a result of the incident.

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