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Full LIRR service to be restored for evening commute following train derailment

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the Long Island Rail Road would resume full service for the evening rush hour on lines disrupted by Saturday's train derailment in New Hyde Park.

“The full restoration of service for Monday’s evening rush hour was made possible by the continuous efforts of the MTA and LIRR crews,” Governor Cuomo said. “I thank all of the employees who worked around the clock to restore train service so commuters can get where they need to go as easily and as efficiently as possible.”

Crews have been working around the clock since the 12-car train derailed in New Hyde Park Saturday night, injuring 33 people.

State officials say the commuter train and a work train performing track maintenance "side-swiped" each other, causing the derailment. Approximately 600 people were on the commuter train when it derailed.

Service was disrupted on the Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay lines.

The final car was removed from the tracks Monday morning.

Workers spent most of Monday repairing a segment of the track that was damaged and conducting inspections to ensure the tracks were safe.

Gov. Cuomo says after rush hour concludes, crews will return to the scene to add "permanent repairs" to eliminate speed restrictions and allow trains to run at a maximum speed in the area.

Customers are urged to check the MTA website for the latest status of each branch.