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LIRR service resumes after equipment train derails, snarls morning commute

Posted at 4:56 AM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 11:01:28-05

QUEENS — Regular service on the Long Island Rail Road resumed after an equipment train derailed at Jamaica Station early Wednesday morning, creating delays and cancellations at the height of rush hour.

The derailed LIRR passenger train seen above stationed at Jamaica Station. (Photo: PIX11/Anthony DiLorenzo)

The derailed LIRR equipment train seen above stationed at Jamaica Station. (Photo: PIX11/Anthony DiLorenzo)

The LIRR resumed full service about 9 a.m., but commuters should still anticipate some residual delays.

The last car of an eastbound LIRR equipment train to Huntington derailed while pulling into Jamaica Station around 4 a.m., hitting the Track 8 platform, MTA Communications Director Beth DeFalco said. There were only workers on board the train.

The minor derailment caused power issues and prevented trains from running in or out of the station.

Westbound trains made added stops, but commuters still faced crowded conditions, delays up to 60 minutes and train cancellations at the height of morning rush hour.

There were no injuries to any of the workers. MTA crew is assessing stability of the platform and how it happened.

Investigators will be looking at how fast the equipment train was traveling at the time, DeFalco said.

"They’re inspecting the tracks, the signals, the platform and see if there are any issues or damage to that," DeFalco said.

New York City transit cross-honored LIRR tickets at Penn Station, Jamaica, Jamaica, kew Gardens and Atlantic Terminal until 9 a.m. The Port Washington Branch was not affected and all westbound trains made additional stops at Woodside Station.

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Correction: The story initially reported a passenger train had derailed. It has been updated to reflect it was actually an equipment train.