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NJ Transit derails at Penn disrupting morning commutes

No major injuries were reported but NJ Transit departures and arrivals at Penn were shut down at 9:30 a.m.

Emergency crews on the scene Monday morning after an NJ Transit train derailed at Twitter / @FDNY

A slow-moving New Jersey Transit train derailed Monday morning at Penn Station, causing service disruptions and delays for travelers trying to get into the city during the morning commute.

The cause of the derailment is believed to be a faulty wheel, WNYC reported. A NJTransit spokesperson was not able to confrim to Metro that the wheel was to blame.

There were approximately 1,200 passengers on the train when it pulled into the station.

On March 24, an Acela Express train had collided with an NJTransit train because of a broken wheel.

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Officals reported no major injuries in the derailment that happened just before 9 a.m. on Track 9 and involved six train cars, CBS New York reported. As many as five people were transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries, WNYC reported.

A witness told Reuters that a broken wheel was visible from inside of the car.

LaTosha Lewis, 39, was on her way from Newark, New Jersey, to her job as an accountant. She described chaotic scenes as railway employees sought to shepherd passengers to safety.

“They kept sending us up to the back of the car, then the front,” said Jakwonk Dean, 20, from Newark.

NJ Transit departures and arrivals at Penn Station were shut down at 9:30 a.m., according to reports. It will cross-honor tickets system-wide, and the Midtown Direct trains have been diverted to Hoboken. Amtrak and LIRR service has also been disrupted.

Travelers reported long lines everywhere this morning, especially at Hoboken as they attempted to transfer to PATH.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Five people were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries, WNYC reported.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a Twitter message, said his office was "monitoring the situation at Penn Station closely. Please give yourself some extra time to commute this morning."

This is the second NJ Transit derailment at Penn Station in as many weeks. On March 24, an Amtrak train sideswiped a NJ Transit car entering the Manhattan station.

 
 
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