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NY subway derailment causes evacuation, disruptions

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A minor derailment on New York's beleaguered subway system forced the evacuation Friday of 135 passengers to a nearby Brooklyn station, causing delays, suspensions and compounding customer misery, officials said.

[NEW YORK] A minor derailment on New York's beleaguered subway system forced the evacuation Friday of 135 passengers to a nearby Brooklyn station, causing delays, suspensions and compounding customer misery, officials said.

One car came off the tracks shortly before 9am (1300 GMT) near Brighton Beach, where a replacement bus service was laid on for affected passengers, said the Metropolitan Transport Authority.

There were no injuries in the incident, which came as commuters battle a "summer of hell" owing to emergency repair work on mainline rail tracks at Penn Station, North America's busiest rail hub.

New York's 113-year-old subway system, used by six million people a day, suffers from decades of underinvestment and deferred maintenance, blamed for chronic delays, power cuts and overcrowding.

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"Obviously, we're sorry that this occurred this morning," MTA interim executive director Ronnie Hakim said Friday.

Thirty-six people were left with minor injuries in June when two subway cars careened off the tracks, leaving hundreds of people stuck for more than an hour.

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