What riders need to know before riding the LIRR in wake of derailment

Posted at 8:55 AM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 08:57:59-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — LIRR customers were met with massive train cancellations, diversions and delays during Tuesday morning’s rush hour following Monday evening’s derailment inside one of Amtrak’s East River tunnels.

Due to one of the four tunnels taken offline, a total of 34 trains were canceled or diverted to Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, or Hunterspoint Ave., Queens. At specific transfer stations, MTA New York City Transit will cross-honor fares to the 2, 3, 7 and E subway lines. See Service Status on the MTA website for latest information.


An LIRR train derailed inside an East River tunnel after leaving Penn Station Monday. No injuries were reported. A rescue car was sent to get passengers out of the “totally derailed” first car.

The derailed train, which had about 700 passengers, was the 5:51 p.m. to  Hempstead. The derailment continues to block one of four East Rivers tunnels.

Officials had restricted access to Penn Station to ease crowding. Amtrak and New Jersey Transit passengers were also impacted by the crowds and changes.