NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Service is running on or close to schedule after the Long Island Rail Road cancelled eight evening rush hour trains as crews worked on repairs after a non-passenger train derailed at Jamaica Station in Queens, snarling the morning commute.
Customers were told to expect delays during the busy evening commute.
MTA officials say around 4 a.m. Wednesday, a work train was about to leave Jamaica Station for Long Island when it somehow came off the track, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.
“It was a ten-car train and the last car of the train came off the track,” said MTA spokesperson Beth DeFalco. “It caused some power issues, which then affected all of the trains coming in and out of Jamaica Station.”
No injuries were reported, but service was suspended on every line except the Port Washington branch before limited westbound service was restored around 5:40 a.m. Service in both directions came back around 6:20 a.m. with heavy delays.
Some commuters waited two hours for a train out of Jamaica Station.
“It’s just ridiculous,” said commuter Benjamin Collago. “You spend too much money and you don’t get the service you deserve.”
“They need to get this together,” said commuter Alicia Hilliard. “People are paying way too much money for a delay all the time. There’s always a delay.”