Lightning Strike Wreaks Havoc on Long Island Railroad Commute

By Ben Fractenberg on August 1, 2011 5:28pm 

Long Island Railroad service delays slowed the evening commute Monday.
Long Island Railroad service delays slowed the evening commute Monday.
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MANHATTAN — The Long Island Railroad evening commute was snarled Monday after a bolt of lightning struck the tracks on Monday.

After the lightning struck just before 5 p.m. Monday, service was temporarily suspended on the Ronkonkoma, Huntington/Port Jefferson, Oyster Bay and Hempstead Branches, the MTA said on its website. All of the lines except Oyster Bay were restored by 5:15 p.m. Monday, with residual delays, the MTA said.

Westbound Service between Penn Station and Jamaica was also temporarily suspended. The MTA is cross-honoring Long Island Railroad fares for westbound customers.

An MTA spokesman said it was not immediately clear when service between Penn Station and Jamaica would be restored.

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