A subway conductor pulled the emergency brake on a southbound J train at Essex and Delancey Streets in Manhattan during this morning’s rush hour after being assaulted, according to the MTA.
The incident, which occurred at 9:15 a.m., resulted in chaos and mass confusion for the morning commute, as straphangers on the J and M trains were stuck for almost an hour on the Williamsburg Bridge.
“Something just happened on the J train,” noted one passenger, who posted a short video on Twitter. “Someone yelled run and all hell broke loose.”
Something just happened on the J train. Someone yelled run and all hell broke loose. pic.twitter.com/qvFzb1z986
— wbernard (@wbernard) September 14, 2016
Another commuter thought the train caught fire.
the J train i was on this morning caught on fire. everyone stampeded, broke glass to get off. and i thought the L was bad!!
— Josh Fjelstad (@joshfjelstad) September 14, 2016
The conductor suffered minor injuries and was treated at Beth Israel Medical Center.
The individual who assaulted the conductor was taken into custody, according to police. Details about the incident are developing and we will update this story once we learn more.
UPDATE 1:15 p.m. An off-duty cop was taken into custody for allegedly pushing the MTA conductor to the ground, an NYPD spokesperson says. Just after 9 a.m., a passenger on the train yelled “fire” on the train. When the conductor left the train cab, she hit an off-duty police officer with the door, according to police. A verbal dispute ensued, and the off-duty NYPD officer then threw the conductor to the ground, injuring her arm. The NYPD officer is currently being questioned, and charges are pending.
UPDATE 5:00 p.m. The off-duty NYPD officer was identified by a police spokesperson as 33-year-old Tremel Davis of Brooklyn. He’s been charged with assault.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 14, 2016