MANHATTAN — A downed wire at Penn Station caused delays as long as 45 minutes and some train cancellations on New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Rail Road Thursday morning, officials said.
An overhead Amtrak wire on Penn Station's Track 6 fell about 6:45 a.m. which prompted crews to cut power to the area and the MTA to divert about 10 of its more than 100 morning LIRR trains while crews worked to fix the wire, MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said.
"What that means is if ordinarily your train went all the way into Penn that means you might have to get off at Jamaica," Anders said.
"It's basically over by now," she said at about 8 a.m. "And there will be some staggered residual delays, but nothing bad."
Some LIRR trains to Penn Station terminated at Jamaica, while others were diverted to Atlantic Avenue and Hunterspoint Avenue, the MTA said.
New Jersey Transit was reporting 45 minute delays into and out of Penn Station because of the downed wire.
It was not immediately clear when regular service would resume.
Commuters took out their frustration on social media.
"Stuck in Penn Station hell. Send help and coffee and trains that go New Jersey," Twitter user Carla Astudillo tweeted at 7:25 a.m.
"No power in penn station trains for nj transit. On train now. Just stuck," said Twitter user @planecrazyboat. "this train was pulled back to the station and will now makes it's original run. People are crazy. Complaining."