150 Riders Stranded on LIRR for 5 Hours

Sunday, Dec 20, 2009  |  Updated 10:31 AM EDT
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150 Riders Stranded on LIRR for 5 Hours

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About 150 people were stranded on a Long Island Rail Road train for more than five hours by a combination of snow drifts, icing, traffic problems and equipment failures due to the weather.

  The Ronkonkoma-bound train left Penn Station at 2:53 a.m. Sunday and passengers were still on their way to their final destination more than five hours later, Railroad spokeswoman Susan McGowan said.
 
The train was first delayed by snow and ice and was then stopped by a passenger car that became stuck while crossing the tracks. Then, the train was stopped again when the weather caused the locomotive pulling the train to break down.
 
McGowan says the train was towed to a nearby station and passengers were put on a second train and sent on their way by 8:15 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The LIRR service has been suspended on the Long Beach line and other temporary suspensions in service are expected due to high snow accumulations.
 
McGowan says LIRR is offering only limited service, and delays are averaging two hours.

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