LIRR train derails in Jamaica, no injuries reported

David Caplan
November 23, 2019 - 11:15 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- A Long Island Rail Road train derailed in Jamaica, Queens Friday night.

"Two cars of the 8:56PM train from Penn due Babylon at 10:11PM derailed just east of Jamaica," the LIRR Tweeted.

An MTA statement says the derailment took place around a half-hour after the 10-car train left Penn Station at 8:56 p.m., bound for Babylon. It was traveling at about 13 mph at the time it derailed.

A relief train had arrived by 11 p.m. to take around 400 passengers to their final destinations. Crews on scene handed out water.

No injuries to passengers or crew were reported.

Rod Brooks, senior VP of operations for the LIRR, says repair crews were at the scene Saturday morning. Citizen App video shows them at work.

"We do know that there is a rail that was broken. We don't know if that was a cause or an effect," Brooks said.

He said the broken rail had just been inspected hours before the derailment.

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

Several other trains were delayed or canceled.

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