Half Of NYC Subway Lost Power Because Someone Accidentally Hit ‘Emergency Power Off’ Button And No One Figured It Out

Half Of NYC Subway Lost Power Because Someone Accidentally Hit ‘Emergency Power Off’ Button And No One Figured It Out


In late August, half of New York City’s subway system lost power for more than an hour, leading to hours of disruption while city workers tried to figure out the problem.

The Associated Press reported that the problem “was likely caused by someone accidentally pressing an ‘Emergency Power Off’ button,” according to a report of the investigation released on Friday.

“Outside investigators looking into the disruption on the night of Aug. 29 said there was a ‘strong possibility’ that the button was accidentally pressed since the plastic guard designed to prevent accidental activation was missing, according to a pair of reports released by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul,” the outlet reported.

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The button was apparently pushed after a quick power dip “lasting several milliseconds at 8:25 p.m.,” the AP reported. After that power dip, workers discovered that “several pieces of mechanical equipment at the New York City Transit Rail Control Center stopped functioning.”

While control center staff were trying to fix the equipment,

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