Long Island Rail Road back on schedule after derailment

A screengrab from a Citizen App video shows emergency vehicles outside of Jamaica Station in Queens

NEW YORK (AP) — A derailment on the Long Island Rail Road stranded hundreds of passengers Friday night but now, trains are running on or close to schedule, railroad officials said.

LIRR officials said the two train cars that derailed at about 9:30 p.m. near the Jamaica station 

were re-railed Saturday morning and workers were repairing the broken rail.

“LIRR and emergency personnel arrived on scene immediately after learning of the incident to ensure the safety of our customers,” Rod Brooks, the railroad’s senior vice president of operations, said. “We have been working around the clock to make repairs to the track and regular service has been restored systemwide.” Brooks said the railroad “will leave no stone unturned” as it investigates the derailment.

Railroad officials said the eastbound train was traveling at 13 mph (21 kph) when two cars went off the rail.

No injuries were reported to the 383 passengers on the train, who waited two hours before they could be removed to an evacuation train. The derailment caused cancellations and delays throughout the system.

The National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Public Transportation Safety Board were notified of the slow speed derailment.

Jamaica is a major hub for the LIRR, the nation’s busiest commuter railroad that carries an average of more than 300,000 riders each weekday.


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