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Derailment Makes For Inconvenient LIRR Commute

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —  The evening commute for Long Island Rail Road customers turned into an inconvenient nuisance for commuters Monday.

The railroad said an Amtrak derailment blocking one of the East River tunnels forced it to cancel 16 eastbound trains out of Penn Station during the PM rush hour.  The derailment happened at Sunnyside Rail Yard in Queens and there were no reports of injuries.

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Earlier Monday, LIRR Spokesman Sal Arena told WCBS 880 that while the “trains will be a little more crowded,” the agency would “get everybody out.”

By Monday night, regular service had resumed with some residual delays.

While the evening commute was hectic for some, seasoned travelers saw the delays and cancellations as nothing out of the usual.

“They do this — I hate to say — all the time. When something is wrong, this is what you wind up with,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

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Another man told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman said while he hoped his train wasn’t going to be delayed or canceled, he would take the situation in stride.

“The sun will still rise in the morning,” he said.

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