NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Metro-North said it will run regular service Thursday morning with the possibility of minor delays following an explosion in East Harlem that leveled two five-story buildings, and caused railroad disruptions heading into the Wednesday evening rush hour.
Metro-North Railroad said delays on Thursday would be due to speed restrictions near explosion area, CBS 2 reported.
Full Metro-North Railroad service in and out of Grand Central Terminal resumed around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, about seven hours after service was disrupted.
At least three people were killed and dozens of others injured in the apparent gas explosion at Park Avenue and 116th Street. Nine people remain unaccounted for, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.
Metro-North engineers determined there was no structural damage to the Park Avenue elevated structure. All four tracks were restored to service after being cleared of debris, inspected for track and third-rail integrity and approved for operations by Metro-North and the FDNY, according to the railroad.
Several lines experienced residual delays Wednesday evening, and trains were under orders to travel at a slower rate of speed than normal through the impacted stretch to limit vibrations at the collapse site, Metro-North said.
Before service in and out of Grand Central was restored, trains were going no farther south than stations in the Bronx. As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, New Haven and Harlem line riders caught their trains in Woodhaven, while Hudson line passengers headed up to Yankee Stadium.
At Woodhaven, crowds of afternoon commuters slowly moved from the 233rd Street subway station to the Metro-North platfrom.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, the reroutes made for mass-frustration among commuters.