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No injuries reported after LIRR train derails in Queens

Posted at 10:05 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-23 10:50:49-05

JAMAICA, Queens —Officials say a Long Island Rail Road train has derailed in Queens, but there are no reports of injuries.

The commuter railroad tweeted that two cars of  a 10-car eastbound train derailed shortly before 9:30 p.m. just east of Jamaica station Friday night.

The train had left Penn Station at 8:56 p.m., bound for Babylon.

The LIRR and police department tweeted that no injuries have been reported.

A relief train has arrived to take the nearly 600 customers to their final destinations along the Babylon branch, MTA said in a statement.

Crews were on the scene are handing out water and assisting customers, and there were delays and cancellations as a result, MTA said.

Crews have working throughout the night re-railing the two cars, MTA transit and Long Island Rail Road officials said during a press conference Saturday.

According to officials, a rail was broken. Authorities are unsure whether the broken rail was a cause or effect of the incident, but noted that the rails at the Jamaica Station are inspected weekly on Fridays.

LIRR trains are running on or close to schedule, MTA officials said. They do not expect the Monday commute to be impacted.

Jamaica is a major hub for the LIRR, the nation’s busiest commuter railroad. Several other trains were delayed Friday night because of the derailment.

The railroad carries an average of over 300,000 riders each weekday.