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Signal Problems Disrupt Amtrak on Track Where Fatal Derailment Occurred

By Ben Fractenberg | December 5, 2013 1:59pm
 An Amtrak train was forced to head back to Penn Station Thursday morning because of signal issues.
An Amtrak train was forced to head back to Penn Station Thursday morning because of signal issues.
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NEW YORK — An Amtrak train from Albany to Penn Station was stopped in The Bronx and sent back to Yonkers Thursday morning because of a signal malfunction on the same track where four people died recently in a train derailment, officials said.

Empire Service train 232 was headed to the city on the Hudson Line when the problems occurred sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to Amtrak. The train was halted between Yonkers and Spuyten Duyvil, where a Metro-North train derailed last Sunday. The Amtrak train went back to Yonkers and riders were moved onto a later train.

A spokeswoman for Metro-North, which controls the Hudson Line tracks and signals, said there was a "momentary signal issue" which caused half hour delays on the commuter line from 8:30 a.m. to 11:03 a.m. It has been fixed, the spokeswoman said, regular service has resumed.

New York City-bound trains from Albany were leaving on time by Thursday afternoon, according to Amtrak's website.