NEW YORK (WPIX)—An Amtrak train derailed near Penn Station today and forced delays at the peak of the PM rush. LIRR Commuter Anthony Marra told PIX 11 News, "Once again the LIRR is having problems. Which I don't think is a surprise to anyone here, it's ridiculous."
Delays spiked after an Amtrak train from Washington to Boston suffered a low-speed derailment just east of Penn Station around 12:25pm. That derailment made for difficult going in one East River tunnel forcing the LIRR to cancel 16 of 125 eastbound trains during the PM rush. Penn Station commuter Mark Escher told PIX 11 News, "Actually I was going out to have dinner with my sister in Bellerose, but if there's gonna be problems with the trains all night I'm just not gonna go."
On the LIRR the following branches were most affected: Babylon, Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Port Jefferson, Port Washington, Ronkonkoma. The accident triggered major delays for New Jersey Transit as well. Taking a look at the bigger picture, the delays were the worst of it. There were no reported injuries to the over 150 passengers and crew on the derailed Amtrak train.
Minor delays are expected through the evening, but the morning rush is expected to be back on schedule