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NYC Commuters Face Delays Up to 90 Minutes After Derailment

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Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) -- New York commuters are facing evening rush-hour delays of as long as 90 minutes as railroads cancel some trains and combine others after a New Jersey Transit Corp. derailment near the city’s Penn Station.

Trains are running 60 to 90 minutes late on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast line, Courtney Carroll, a New Jersey Transit spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak also said customers should expect delays from the accident, which occurred shortly before 8 a.m.

“Crews continue to work to clear the affected equipment from the tracks, with no estimate for full restoration of service at this time,” New Jersey Transit said in a statement.

The derailment near the Hudson River tunnel left only one of two tracks in service after the last two cars of the 10-car, 7:53 a.m. train came off the rails en route to Trenton, New Jersey, Carroll said. The cars were empty, and there were no injuries among the train’s 300 passengers, she said.

Delays are expected to continue on all Amtrak Northeast Corridor service between Boston and Washington, according to a statement. Keystone Line service between Pennsylvania and New York has been temporarily shut, and was set to resume at 6:35 p.m. local time.

New Jersey Transit announced 17 cancellations, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Long Island Rail Road canceled nine trains to open two tracks to be shared by New Jersey Transit and Amtrak.

The travel disruptions occurred with the New York region forecast to have a chance of thunderstorms this evening, according to AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.

New Jersey Transit customers can use rail tickets at no additional charge on Port Authority Trans-Hudson trains departing from the Newark and Hoboken stations in New Jersey and 33rd Street in New York, and on New Jersey Transit and private carrier buses, according to the company.

To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Barinka in New York at abarinka@bloomberg.net; Greg Chang in San Francisco at gchang1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Ed Dufner at edufner@bloomberg.net; Greg Chang at gchang1@bloomberg.net

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