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(NEW YORK) — A stalled New York City subway car left more than 1,000 commuters stranded on the tracks for two hours Monday during the morning rush after frigid temperatures froze a portion of the third rail, officials said.

The 11-car train that came to a halt at 9:33 a.m. created a logjam on the entire line, leaving at least four trains stalled in its wake on the No. 7 line from Queens into Manhattan. All of the trains were back in nearby stations by 11:33 a.m., Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials said.

Temperatures dropped below freezing late Sunday night and into Monday morning, leading to an icy mix of weather and a potentially treacherous commute.

Photos and video from inside the stuck trains show commuters packed shoulder-to-shoulder.

Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to use public transportation Monday morning in order to keep the roads clear as snow and freezing rain that started falling Sunday night continued on into Monday morning.

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