LIRR crews clean up after freight train derailment; some delays remain

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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. — Train service has resumed with delays after a freight train derailed Tuesday afternoon.

A New York and Atlantic Railroad train derailed west of Hicksville.

The last two cars of the 16-car train came of the tracks. One carrying construction debris and garbage turned over. The cause has not been determined.

The LIRR says there is damage to the track area. The train cars did not fall onto the third rail or nearby track which allowed some limited service to continue Tuesday evening.

Other branches will be impacted as well, as the railroad works systemwide to readjust its equipment and available train slots within the new operating constraints.

All westbound service from Port Jefferson, Huntington and Ronkonkoma to Jamaica was canceled between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, and the railroad cancelled about one third of normal eastbound rush hour service. Similar restrictions could be in place in the morning (but in the opposite direction).

LIRR will continue to operate with reduced service throughout Tuesday evening and overnight hours as crews work to re-rail the derailed train and repair hundreds of feet of damaged rails.

Customers traveling during the rush hour and overnight tonight should pay attention to the news media for the latest updates, monitor Service Status on the MTA’s website, subscribe to email and text alerts, follow @LIRR on Twitter, and listen for announcements at stations.

Watch the PIX11 Morning News Wednesday and check the MTA website for updates.

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