Service resumes after derailed LIRR work train in Queens Village causes delays, cancellations

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Friday, September 8, 2023
Service resumes after derailed LIRR work train causes disruptions
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LIRR crews completed the rerailing of two cars that had derailed on a work train Thursday.

QUEENS VILLAGE, New York (WABC) -- LIRR crews completed the rerailing of two cars that had derailed on a work train Thursday.

The derailment caused major delays and cancellations during the afternoon commute as only two of the four tracks were available.

The train derailed between Queens Village and the Elmont-UBS Arena stations. The 16-car train was coming out of a yard when it derailed just after 10 a.m.

Seven percent of normal LIRR eastbound service (11 of the 159 trains) was canceled Thursday afternoon and the eastbound service that was operating ran with 15 to 20 minute delays.

Westbound service was significantly curtailed also. There was hourly service only (one train an hour) on the Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson, Hempstead and Oyster Bay branches.

The repairs were completed around 8 p.m. and regular off-peak service resumed and continued through the night.

Customers were told to expect a full schedule Friday morning, however some trains may experience delays due to ongoing repair work.

No passengers were on board and no injuries were reported.

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