NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island Rail Road train headed to Hempstead derailed early Monday evening just after leaving Penn Station.
At around 6:09 p.m., the train derailed as it was entering the East River tunnel, officials said.
The train remained derailed and stationary as of 11 p.m., CBS 2 reported.
Officials told 1010 WINS that delays should be expected for the morning rush. How extensive the delays will be depends on when the train is moved off the track.
LIRR officials told CBS 2 they have to continue investigation into cause of derailment, put the train back on the track and remove it, and then evaluate the track itself. It was not clear how long that would all take.
The 5:51 p.m. train was due in Hempstead at 6:46 p.m., Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Marjorie Anders told WCBS 880.
About 1,000 people were on board at the time, transit officials said.
The passengers had air conditioning — for a while — as well as light. Bottled water was also passed out by the conductors, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.