UPDATE: Two senior officials MTA & NYPD tell me a suspect is in custody after he was seen placing a object over the track bed prior to the train entering the station. He’s also believed to have placed a sandbag on the tracks at Fulton Street. https://t.co/gMl1K0k1Ks
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A Manhattan subway train derailed Sunday morning after a maniacal, laughing vandal tossed metal clamps onto the tracks, police sources said. The uptown A train was about 50 feet into the 14th St. station in the West Village when it ran into the metal tie plates, also known as D plates, at 8:14 a.m.
Three passengers suffered minor injuries. One refused medical attention, another was treated at the scene and the third was taken to Bellevue Hospital for further treatment, officials said.
The saboteur tossed them onto the tracks, but a bystander leapt onto the roadbed to clear the debris before the train pulled in, a police source said. The vandal — a 30-year-old homeless man sources said has an extensive criminal history — was undeterred. He threw more clamps just as the A train roared into the station, the source said.
Commuters saw the suspect laughing at the disaster he unleashed, sources said. Good Samaritans held him at the station until cops took him into custody.