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Probe: NYC subway rail that caused crash was new

May 3, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Transit officials say the section of rail that snapped and caused a New York City subway to derail was installed just weeks ago.

The rail that broke underneath an F train in Queens on Friday was manufactured in the United States in November 2013.

It was installed this March.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority said Saturday that other rails from that shipment will be inspected.

The cause of the scary crash remains under investigation.

Roughly 1,000 people were on board the train when it rode off the rails at 10:15 a.m.

Nineteen people were injured, four seriously. Several hundred were trapped on the train below ground for hours.

MTA workers are repairing a damaged 500-foot stretch of rail and aim to have local service restored by Saturday afternoon.

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