Manhattan Subway Train Derails After Laughing Saboteur Throws Metal Clamps on Tracks

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 plates are normally used to secure tracks to the roadbed. Police sources said the ones thrown onto the tacks had been left behind by Metropolitan Transportation Authority work crews.

The alleged saboteur, Demetrius Harvard, 30, of the Bronx, 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.

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