Heat Wave Blamed for Nightmarish Wednesday Commute

Power lines started sagging, which caused delays for Amtrak and NJ Transit passengers

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013  |  Updated 10:11 AM EDT
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LIRR, NJT Commuters Navigate Nightmare Rush-Hour Delays

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Customers pack LIRR trains during a rush hour in which some trains were canceled or suspended because of a broken rail.

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LIRR, NJT Commuters Navigate Nightmare Rush-Hour Delays

Long Island Rail Road service has resumed after a broken rail caused systemwide delays and cancellations at the height of the evening rush hour Wednesday. Checkey Beckford reports.
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Amtrak says the heat wave was to blame for overhead wire problems that disrupted rail service along the Northeast Corridor in New Jersey.

The power lines were sagging and that caused delays for Amtrak passengers and New Jersey Transit commuters between Metropark and Trenton Wednesday afternoon.

Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole says the hot temperatures caused the tension on the power lines to loosen.

Workers completed repairs by 10:20 p.m.

Cole says officials will monitor the overhead lines throughout the heat wave.

Temperatures in New Jersey have been in the 90s all week.

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