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Subway to Resume Service Tuesday on Line Where Train Derailed

September 3, 1991

NEW YORK (AP) _ A subway line where a train derailed last week and smashed into steel pillars, killing five passengers, will be operating again Tuesday, an official said.

The service restoration comes as commuters prepared to return to work after the Labor Day weekend. The Lexington Avenue line where the No. 4 train crashed Wednesday carries hundreds of thousands of people daily.

The Transit Authority had set a goal of restoring full service by 6 a.m. Tuesday. Service was to be restored by late Monday night, authority spokeswoman Caren Gardner said.

Up to 200 employees have been working 12-hour shifts around the clock at the crash site, just north of the 14th St.-Union Square station.

The force of the crash tore apart two of the cars and smashed 22 steel pillars supporting the subway tunnel roof.

Workers removed tons of wreckage, buttressed the roof with wooden poles to replace the steel beams, and rebuilt the tracks.

The wreck killed five and injured more than 145 of 500 passengers. The motorman, Robert Ray, was charged with five counts of manslaughter. Police believe he was drunk at the time of the crash.

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