LIRR Cancels 11 Peak AM Trains Due to Derailment - NBC New York

LIRR Cancels 11 Peak AM Trains Due to Derailment



    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, March 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 trains were canceled during the morning rush hour commute due to ongoing repairs.

    The railroad also says it will divert five trains from Penn Station to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn while four other trains will only go as far as Jamaica on Wednesday.

    During the evening rush hour, LIRR says it is canceling seven trains. It will also end one of the trains at Jamaica.

    LIRR says disruptions due to Monday's freight train derailment will last through Friday. Off-peak trains are not affected. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

    No one was hurt.


    --Sheldon Dutes contributed to this story

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