LIRR train derails near Woodside, MTA says

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A Long Island Rail Road train derailed just west of Woodside Wednesday afternoon, snarling service on the Port Washington line, according to the MTA.

The eastbound train was carrying between 400 and 500 people when two of its axels derailed at the Harold Interlocking railroad junction around 12:45 p.m., per the LIRR. No injuries were reported, an FDNY spokesman said.

Riders should expect delays and canceled trains during the evening peak commute, the LIRR warned. 

Limited eastbound shuttle service is running between Woodside and Port Washington. Westbound service on the Port Washington line was suspended after the departure of the 4:08 p.m. train to Woodside and will not be restored until the 6:26 p.m. train.

Customers traveling eastbound from Penn Station can take any LIRR train to Woodside, then transfer to a shuttle train for service to stations between Flushing/Main Street and Port Washington, the MTA said. 

Oyster Bay trains will stop at Mineola and all Port Jefferson diesel trains will stop at Hicksville and Huntington, according to the MTA.

NYC Transit is cross-honoring LIRR tickets on the A, C, E and 1, 2, 3 lines to Times Square, where straphangers can transfer to the 7 line for service to Woodside or Flushing/Main Street.

All of the passengers were taken from the derailed train and transferred to another train at the Woodside station by 1:30 p.m., LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

Wednesday’s derailment come less than two weeks after a July 21 derailment of an employees-only train west of Penn Station as it approached the railroad’s West Side Yard.

Check back with amNewYork for more on this developing story.

With Robert Brodsky

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