NATION : N.Y. Subway Trains Collide; 40 Hurt

<i> From Times wire service</i> s

About 40 people were hurt today when one New York subway train plowed into the rear of another in an accident that caused major delays for thousands of rush-hour commuters.

Police said that about 10 of the injured complained of major back pain but that most of the other injuries were minor. They said the cause of the 5 a.m. crash on the IRT line at 103rd Street and Broadway was under investigation.

Police said the accident occurred when a southbound train carrying up to 200 people smashed into the rear of a stopped work train carrying five or six Transit Authority personnel who were collecting fare receipts. Service was interrupted from 96th Street to 137th Street, stretching from Manhattan’s upper West Side through Morningside Heights and into Harlem.