Two Long Island Rail Road" id="ORGOV0000002">Long Island Rail Road trains bumped into each other while leaving Jamaica station during the morning rush on Wednesday, resulting in four minor injuries and subsequent delays of more than an hour, the LIRR said.
A railroad spokesman said service was back "on or close to" schedule at 11:45 a.m.
In March, two trains were involved in what one New York City fire
official called a "minor, low-impact collision. "The incident Wednesday
was termed a "bump" by railroad spokesman Rich Mendelson. It resulted
in the evacuation of about 1,000 passengers from the two trains and saw
three commuters -- two women and one man -- suffer minor injuries,
"Why it happened, how it happened, is under investigation," Mendelson said.
Mendelson said an earlier signal outage that affected service had no role in the accident.
The accident occurred at 7:30 a.m. as the two trains were leaving Jamaica station.
It was then that the 5:59 a.m. train from Port Jefferson, due in at
Hunterspoint Avenue at 7:41 a.m., struck the rear car of the 6:42 a.m.
train from New York)" id="PLGEO100101022030151">Babylon, which was scheduled to arrive at Penn Station at 7:49 a.m.
According to Mendelson, the two trains were leaving the station and
"got to a switch at the same time." Mendelson said the front of the
westbound Port Jefferson bumped into the rear of the Babylon train.
About 770 passengers were evacuated from the Babylon train, while
another 230 were evacuated from the Port Jefferson train, Mendelson
By mid-afternoon the LIRR had tallied four commuters who reported injuries, said spokeswoman Susan McGowan.
At least three of the four injured passengers were on the Babylon train, officials said.
Two were taken to the hospital. Of these one man complained of lower
back pain, and he was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital, and the other,
a woman who said she had neck pain, was taken to Jamaica Hospital.
One person at the accident scene who complained of back injuries refused medical aid.
Another woman later reported to the New York City Police Department" id="ORGOV0000107">NYPD at Penn Station that she had lower back pain, but she refused medical aid.
And a pregnant woman who had been on the Babylon train called the LIRR
to say that she was feeling fine but planned to get a checkup from her
The accident caused the immediate suspension of all service west of Jamaica.
Limited service was restored at 7:55 a.m., Mendelson said, though service to Kew Gardens" id="PLGEO100100805013900">Kew Gardens, Forest Hills" id="PLGEO100100805012500">Forest Hills and Woodside" id="PLGEO100100805017700">Woodside was not restored until 9:05 a.m. Customers were transferred to subway trains on the New York City Transit" id="ORGOV0000003">New York City Transit system, which honored LIRR tickets.
The resulting delays were as long as 1 1/2 hours to westbound trains
and one hour to eastbound trains throughout the morning, officials said.
The accident was similar to one that occurred on March 27, just west of Jamaica station.
Then, the second-to-last car on a Hempstead-bound train out of Flatbush" id="PLGEO100100802012700">Flatbush Avenue derailed and struck the last car of a morning train from Penn Station to Huntington.
That accident also involved trains passing over a switch in the area.
Staff writer Joseph Mallia contributed to this story.