Some Say Delays Prevented Them From Voting

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Unauthorized vehicles at two different locations on the tracks shut down service on several branches of the Long Island Rail Road Tuesday evening.

Service was restored to all lines by the 7 p.m. hour, but delays of 90 minutes persisted.

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The LIRR said service was suspended east of Jamaica in both directions on the Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, and Ronkonkoma branches because of the vehicle on the tracks near Mineola.

The Ronkonkoma Branch was also shut down due to another unauthorized vehicle that was hit by a train west of the Wyandanch station. That vehicle was later removed, the LIRR said.

Twitter photos showed huge crowds swarming in Penn Station during the service outage.

Some commuters complained that the delays were preventing them from voting Tuesday evening. Polls for New York state races closed at 9 p.m.


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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority police also restricted access to Penn Station for a time.