Minor Train Derailment Causes Delays, Cancellations for LIRR Evening Rush
QUEENS — The Long Island Rail Road returned to normal service with some scattered delays Wednesday evening after an earlier freight train derailment in Jamaica, according to the MTA.
The last three cars of a New York & Atlantic Railway freight train derailed just east of Jamaica a little before 3 p.m., a spokesman for the commuter rail said. The derailment prevented the LIRR from using trains stored in its Jamaica yard, reducing the number available during the evening rush hour.
There were four trains canceled by 6:30 p.m. at Penn Station as a result, according to railroad officials, and passengers were forced to squeeze onto the next available trains.
About a dozen trains in total were delayed, the MTA added.
Eastbound trains were also forced to run on seven of eight tracks at Jamaica causing delay on all lines except for Port Washington, the MTA’s website said.
There could still be a "small number cancelations tomorrow morning" while workers get the train cars back on the tracks, a spokesman said.
Riders can check the MTA’s service status for the latest updates on canceled and delayed trains.
“Sigh. Train derailment. Not looking forward to commute home,” tweeted @trydzinski.