Latest Subway Disaster Courtesy of Improperly Secured Garbage

Garbage this way. Photo: Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The New York City subway has had a long, hard summer of signal problems and stalled trains and even a feral cat. Here’s another weird one to add to the list: On Wednesday, a train operator failed to “properly” secure garbage to a refuse train near 14th Street, causing trash to flood the tracks and get a southbound Q train stuck not once, but twice — first in Manhattan, and then again in Brooklyn. Massive delays and services changes quickly ensued on the B, D, E, F, M, N, Q, and R trains, causing another nightmare commute that lasted, on some of those lines, well into the afternoon hours.

Normal service was restored on some of the affected lines — including the N,Q, R, and W trains — on the cusp of the evening rush, shortly before 5 p.m.

Besides the refuse incident, a smoke condition and subsequent FDNY investigation in the Steinway tunnel forced a temporary shutdown of the 7 train, adding to the Wednesday morning chaos.

The MTA is looking into this trash-train mishap, and said in a statement that it has “zero tolerance for worker errors that cause service problems. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as necessary pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.”

Latest Subway Disaster Courtesy of Improperly Secured Trash