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Derailed Amtrak Equipment Car in Hudson Tunnel Wreaks Havoc on Commute for NJ Transit, LIRR Riders

A derailed Amtrak equipment car wreaked havoc on Friday's morning commute, creating massive delays and cancellations for NJ Transit and Long Island Rail Road riders in and out of New York's Penn Station.

NJ Transit diverted Midtown Direct Line trains to Hoboken, while LIRR cancelled or combined multiple trains. 

NJ Transit said it planned to resume inbound Midtown Direct service with the 10:56 train and outbound service with the 1:52 train. 

PATH and ferries will cross-honor til noon, while buses will cross-honor for the rest of the day. 

"At approximately 2:30 AM this morning, a rail maintenance equipment car- not a passenger train - was disabled due to mechanical failure in the North Tube of the North River Tunnels outside New York Penn Station. Amtrak forces immediately sent a rescue train to move the rail maintenance equipment car out of the tunnel. While attempting to move the disabled rail maintenance equipment car, one set of wheels on the disabled rail maintenance equipment car derailed. At around 6:55 AM, the disabled equipment was re-railed. However, heavy delays continued, because as of 9:40 AM, the rail maintenance equipment car was still in the tunnel. It has been determined that there is no damage to the infrastructure," Amtrak said in a statement. 

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