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Service Resumes After NJ Transit Train Derails in Penn Station: Officials

By Aidan Gardiner | August 23, 2017 8:23am

MANHATTAN — A non-passenger NJ Transit train derailed in Penn Station, blocking tracks one through five for about three hours early Wednesday, officials said.

An Amtrak crew operating the train was pulling it from the yard when its engine derailed on track four about 3:25 a.m. and several cars blocked tracks one, two, three and five, according to NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith.

There were delays up to 20 minutes afterward, but regular service resumed about 6:30 a.m. when the tracks were cleared, Smith said.

Officials were investigating what cause the derailment, Smith said.

The Wednesday morning derailment is the latest in a string that have plagued Penn Station and the commuter trains that run through it.

In March, an Amtrak train derailed and scraped the side of an NJ Transit train.

Fewer than three weeks later, an NJ Transit train derailed and hurt five people.

Then in July, another NJ Transit train derailed.