LIRR Derailment Repairs Could Take Days: MTA

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    Service has been disrupted on several lines after a derailment on a Long Island Rail Road track, and the repairs could take days. Pei-Sze Cheng reports. (Published Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013)

    Crews are still working to repair damage to a Long Island Rail Road track after a non-passenger train derailment Tuesday that has disrupted service on several lines, and the work could take several days, the MTA says.

    One of the LIRR's four main tracks between Penn Station and Jamaica is out of service, according to the MTA. About 3,700 feet of the track was damaged, and crews are currently working to re-rail the four train cars before they can start repairing the track. So far, two cars have been re-railed. 

    Eleven rush-hour trains were canceled Tuesday morning and seven trains were canceled in the evening. Service changes are also expected Wednesday. LIRR riders should check mta.info for the latest delays, cancellations or diversions. Customers can also call the MTA's Travel Information Center at 511 and say "LIRR."

    Officials said the train derailed west of Jamaica Station late Monday.

    The derailment was not weather-related and no one was hurt, officials said. Investigators are looking into the cause of the derailment. 

    --Sheldon Dutes contributed to this story

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