NYC subway rail that snapped, causing derailment and injuries, was installed weeks ago

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New York City fire department emergency medical personnel assist a woman who was evacuated from a subway train after it derailed in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 2, 2014. The express F train was bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn when it derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet (365 meters) south of the 65th Street station, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Dozens of firefighters and paramedics with stretchers converged on Broadway and 60th Street, where passengers calmly left the tunnel through the sidewalk opening. A few were treated on stretchers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

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

The Metropolitan Transit Authority said Saturday that the rail that broke underneath an F train in Queens on Friday was manufactured in the U.S. in November. It was installed in March.

The MTA says other rails from that shipment will be inspected.

About 1,000 commuters 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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