Derailment cleared in Penn Station

NEW YORK (AP) — An empty New Jersey Transit train derailed early today in Manhattan’s Penn Station, causing some delays at the beginning of the morning rush hour.

An Amtrak crew was moving a New Jersey Transit train out of a railyard around 5 a.m. when some cars derailed on Track 4, where repair work started earlier this summer, according to NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett.

The derailed cars were cleared by 6:20 a.m.

NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Montclair-Boonton and Midtown Direct trains initially had 20-minute delays but were back on schedule quickly.

The Long Island Rail Road and city subways were not affected, according to New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

A linchpin in the northeastern U.S. rail system, Penn Station, which is owned by Amtrak, is undergoing accelerated repair work to replace several thousand feet of track, switches and other aging infrastructure.

The speedup was prompted by two derailments in the station during the spring that wreaked havoc on rail service between Boston and Washington, D.C.

By Paul Wager

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