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Queens straphangers planning to sue over Woodside subway derailment: report


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Several passengers who were on the subway train that derailed in Woodside this May are planning on suing the city for millions, claiming the accident left them traumatized and injured, according to a published report.

Queens resident Monifah Kidd filed a notice of claim shortly after the derailment, saying she still suffers from nightmares, the New York Post said. Kidd, who is planning to sue for $5 million, is also reportedly claiming she was left with permanent neck, back and head injuries.

A total of 29 people have filed notices of claim so far, the Post reported.

Those claimants also include a Little Neck lawyer who suffers from neck, back, leg and arm pain, and another Queens resident who claims she was left disabled and is planning to sue for $10 million, the Post said.

A Hunter College student from Queens filed a notice of claim last month, according to published reports, after the subway accident left her with panic attacks.

In the May 2 derailment, 19 people were hurt when the six center cars of an eight-car F train went off the express track near 65th Street and Broadway. Of those hurt, 15 suffered minor injuries and four were taken to the hospital.

 

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Freight train derails near Jamaica station, affects LIRR service


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Updated Thursday, May 15 7:20 a.m.

A  NY & Atlantic Railway freight train derailed just east of the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station Wednesday, impacting transit service during the afternoon and evening commute, the MTA said.

Three cars from the freight train derailed just before 3 p.m., blocking one track, according to a spokesman for the agency.  No injuries were reported and and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

As the evening commute started to wind down, eastbound service was operating on or close to schedule. The LIRR had to cancel four eastbound trains and delay about a dozen trains because of the derailment, according to the MTA.

The derailed cars were rerailed by the following morning, and the LIRR was operating normal rush hour service Thursday.

 

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Subway service returns to normal in Queens as derailment investigation continues


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Updated Monday, May 5, 5:20 p.m.

As transit service returns to normal following a subway derailment in Woodside Friday, the MTA continues to investigate the derailment and why a section of rail at the accident site broke.

A preliminary investigation has found that the broken rail that was discovered where the train derailed was manufactured last November and installed this March, the MTA said.

“The MTA has not determined how or why the rail broke. Speed or human error do not appear to be a factor [in the derailment],” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said.

The broken rail section will be sent for testing as the investigation into the derailment’s cause continues.

In a release Saturday, the transit agency emphasized its safety record, and track and other maintenance efforts, and said the city’s subway system has experienced only 17 mainline derailments in the last decade.

Crews spent the weekend removing the subway train that derailed about 10:25 a.m. Friday just south of the 65th and Broadway R and M local stop. By 5 a.m. Monday E, F, M and R service, which had been affected by the accident, had returned to normal along the Queens Boulevard line.

The Brooklyn-bound F train was on the express track when the six center cars of the eight-car train derailed, injuring 19 and forcing about a 1,000 riders to evacuate, officials said. Of those hurt, 15 suffered minor injuries and four were taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries.

 

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Subway train derails in Woodside, injuring 19


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Updated 5:05 p.m.

An F train derailed in Woodside Friday morning, injuring 19 people and forcing hundreds to evacuate, officials said.

The accident happened about 10:25 a.m. on the Brooklyn-bound express track near 65th Street and Broadway, the MTA said.

As the subway passed just south of the local R/M station, the six center cars of the eight-car train went off the tracks, according to the transit agency.

Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

It took about two hours to evacuate about 1,000 passengers. Fifteen people suffered minor injuries and four were taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries, officials said.

The derailment also caused damage to the tracks and car equipment as well as delays and service changes across several lines, according to the agency.

There will be a detailed investigation into the cause of the derailment, including an examination of the tracks, signals and maintenance records, MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said at a briefing on the accident Friday afternoon.

Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

“We run 8,000 trains a day and the system is very safe,” he said.

Riders should expect to continue to experience service changes as a result of the derailment. The MTA was able to restore local E and F service by the Friday evening rush hour, but express service remains suspended in both directions along the Queens Boulevard line until after the derailed train is removed from the tracks, according to the agency.

  • The M and R trains will not run along the Queens Boulevard line.
  • R trains will run between Whitehall St and 57 St-7 Av in Manhattan.
  • M trains will run between Metropolitan Av in Queens and Chambers St in Manhattan.
  • LIRR is cross-honoring valid MetroCards in both directions between Penn Station and Jamaica Station, including Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside, as well as stops between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica.
  • All service will be suspended along the Queens Boulevard line from 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for the removal of the derailed train. Limited shuttle bus service will be provided but customers should use the 7 train as an alternate for some stops along the Queens Boulevard line or the MTA Long Island Rail Road.
  • Weekend construction work on the M, 7 and J lines has been canceled.

The MTA said there is no timetable for restoration of express service on the Queens Boulevard line.

Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

 

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Metro-North derailment victim remembered at Queens funeral


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Metro-North derailment victim Kisook Ahn was a dedicated nurse who was driven to pursue her career in America because of her love for an autistic nephew, said mourners at her funeral on Saturday.

The funeral for Ahn was held Saturday morning at  Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, in Woodside, where the 35-year-old was a member.

Ahn was coming home after she had finished the night shift as a registered nurse at Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center in Ossining, N.Y. when she lost her life in the Dec. 1 train accident.

Those in attendance at the service included friends, fellow parishioners as well as Ahn’s brother and brother-in-law who flew in from her native South Korea Wednesday.

Following the funeral, her brother Jin-Won Ahn, speaking through a translator and holding a photo of his sister in her gap and gown, said she “came here to pursue her dreams.”

He described his sister as a caring and loving aunt. Jin-Won said she came to America to study nursing because his eight-year-old son has autism and she wanted to learn more about it.

“[My sister] promised to me,” he said.

Jin-Won also said that is the reason she worked at Sunshine Children’s Home, where she provided care for medically complex children.

Ahn’s brother holds a photo of his sister following her funeral.

Ahn arrived in the U.S. from South Korea in 2008 as part of Lehman College’s exchange program with Sungshin Women’s University. In 2009, she completed an accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing and received a master’s degree in the school’s family nurse practitioner program in 2012.

Catherine Alicia Georges, chair of Lehman College’s nursing department and a former teacher of Ahn, who attended the funeral, said Ahn “exemplified everything we wanted to see in a graduate.”

“[She was] somebody who was humanistic, who thought critically, who really cared about people regardless of where they come from. And that’s how we want to remember her as a truly dedicated and professional nurse,” said Georges.

In memory of her, the Lehman College Foundation and Perfect Choice Staffing, which was sponsoring Ahn for permanent residency, has established The Kisook Ahn Fund for Korean Nurses at Lehman College, which will help nursing students at the school.

Checks should be made out to “Lehman College Foundation/Kisook-Ahn” and sent to: Lehman College Foundation, Shuster Hall 310, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468.

Jin-Won said he “was deeply impressed” by all the people, including co-workers and classmates, who came to the funeral Saturday.

The family plans on having a funeral service for Ahn in South Korea after bringing her cremated remains there, said Jin-Won.

When asked if he was planning to file legal action against the MTA, Jin-Won said he is “consulting with a few lawyers.”

 

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Services will be held in Queens for one of the victims killed in Sunday’s Metro-North train derailment.

Kisook Ahn, a 35-year-old Woodside resident, had just finished the night shift as a registered nurse the morning of December 1 when the passenger train she was riding in derailed in the Bronx, killing her and three others.

A wake for Ahn will take place Friday at the Central Funeral Home of New York, located at 136-25 41st Avenue in Flushing, at 8 p.m., according to Sheldon Meikle, international director at Perfect Choice Staffing, which was sponsoring Ahn for permanent residency.

The following day a funeral will be held at Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, located at 58-02 Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, at 10:30 a.m., where, Ahn, who was a devout Christian, was a parishioner, said Meikle.

Ahn’s brother and brother-in-law flew in from South Korea on Wednesday, said Meikle. She is also survived by a twin sister, he said.

According to Meikle, Ahn arrived in the U.S. from South Korea  in 2008 as part of Lehman College’s exchange program with Sungshin Women’s University. In 2009, she completed an accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing and received a master’s degree in the school’s family nurse practitioner program in 2012.

“We are completely stunned and saddened by today’s news,” said Catherine Alicia Georges, chair of Lehman College’s nursing department. “Kisook was a model student, who did well in both her undergraduate and graduate programs.”

In memory of Kisook Ahn, Perfect Choice Staffing has established The Kisook Ahn Fund for Korean Nurses at Lehman College., according to Meikle.

Checks should be made out to “Lehman College Foundation/Kisook-Ahn” and sent to: Lehman College Foundation, Shuster Hall 310, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468.

In addition to the four killed, of the approximately 150 people aboard, dozens were injured when the seven-car train, coming from Poughkeepsie and heading to Grand Central Terminal, jumped the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station around 7:20 a.m., according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and MTA.

At a press briefing, the NTSB said the locomotive was traveling at approximately 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, according to preliminary information from the train’s event recorders.

Speed was a contributing factor in the crash, but the NTSB said it did not know at this time if the accident was due to human or equipment error.

The agency said results from the crew alcohol breath tests were all negative, but results of drug tests are still pending.

It also said that based on data, there was no indication that the brakes were not functioning properly on the train.

The NTSB said that it has removed the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE) as “a participant in its investigation” into the derailment, citing a press conference and media interviews in which Anthony Bottalico, general chairman of ACRE “discussed and interpreted information related to the ongoing investigation.”

Bottalico, according to published reports, said that the engineer, William Rockefeller, nodded off right before the derailment.

A lawyer for the engineer has said he was in a hypnotic-like “daze” before he noticed something was wrong and hit the brakes, according to published reports.

 

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Co-workers mourn Queens nurse who died in Metro-North derailment


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Kisook Ahn dedicated her life to helping others. It was one of the last things she did before she lost her own life.

The 35-year-old Woodside resident had just finished the night shift as a registered nurse the morning of December 1 when the Metro-North train she was riding in derailed in the Bronx, killing her and three others.

“She always had a big, bright smile on her face, even after working 12 hours,” said Linda Mosiello, administrator at the Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center where Ahn was employed.

“She loved to make the kids smile no matter how sick they were,” Mosiello continued.

Ahn started working at the Ossining, N.Y. nursing facility in 2010, where she provided care for medically complex children, according to Mosiello.

She left the job briefly to finish classes at Lehman College where she was pursuing her masters in nursing as a nurse practitioner, said Mosiello, but had been working at Sunshine full-time since 2012.

Ahn came to the U.S. from Korea late in 2008 through a program for nurses, in conjunction with Perfect Choice Staffing.

According to Mosiello, Ahn has no relatives in the U.S.

Sheldon Meikle, Perfect Choice Staffing’s international director, said the Korean Consulate and the MTA are working together to help with funeral arrangements and to bring her family members to the U.S.

The staff is also helping the family come to the U.S. and is in the process of putting together a fund, said Mosiello. If anyone would like to contribute, they can contact Sunshine through its website, www.sunshinechildrenshome.org.

Ahn was remembered in a private service at Sunshine on Monday, December 2.

“I think it comforted the staff to come together and mourn [Ahn],” said Mosiello. “She was a very warm, loving woman. She was a great team player.”

In addition to the four killed, of the approximately 150 people aboard, 71 people were injured when the seven-car train, coming from Poughkeepsie and heading to Grand Central Terminal, jumped the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station around 7:20 a.m., according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and MTA.

At a press briefing on December 2, the NTSB said the locomotive was traveling at approximately 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, according to preliminary information from the train’s event recorders.

 

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Queens resident killed in Metro-North train derailment


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Updated Monday, December 2, 4:36 p.m.

A Queens woman was one of four people who died Sunday morning when a Metro-North passenger train derailed in the Bronx.

A seven-car train, coming from Poughkeepsie and heading to Grand Central Terminal, jumped the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station around 7:20 a.m., according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and MTA.

Based on preliminary information from the train’s event recorders, at a press briefing Monday the NTSB, said the locomotive was traveling at approximately 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve.

Speed was a contributing factor in the crash, but the NTSB said it did not know at this time if the accident was due to human or equipment error

The NTSB also said it was not aware of any prior issues with the brakes.

Of the approximately 150 people aboard, 45 were treated on the scene or at the hospital and released, 26 remain hospitalized, and two women and two men were killed, said the MTA Police Department.

They have identified the deceased as Kisook Ahn, 35, of Queens; Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh, N.Y.; James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, N.Y.; and James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose, N.Y.

A Woodside resident, Kisook arrived in the U.S. from Korea a year ago and was a nurse, according to the New York Daily News.

Kisook worked at Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital from July 2011 to December 2012 as an agency nurse in its Pediatric unit, according to a spokesperson for the hospital.

“The Kings County Hospital Center family is very saddened by this tragic loss and we extend our condolences to the family,” said the spokesperson.

 

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