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Train delays continue after several injured in Amtrak train derailment

Delays and service suspensions are in effect following the collision.

Updated as of 4:25 p.m.:

The Long Island Rail Road plans to cancel 29 rush hour trains out of the 87 that normally depart from Penn Station during those hours, according to the MTA.

"The cancelations are necessary to allow NJTransit and Amtrak the exclusive use of Tracks 13-16, which are normally shared with LIRR; the move means four of the nine Penn Station tracks used by the LIRR for the evening rush hour are not available for use as a result of the derailment," the transit authority announced.

Updated as of 2:10 p.m.:

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Amtrak customers heading in or out of Penn Station should continue to expect delays and cancellations, but NJ Transit will resume service from Penn Station at 4 p.m.

The PATH will cross-honor fares for the rest of Friday.

Updated as of 1:44 p.m.:

LIRR suggests its customers leave New York City before 4 p.m., after 8 p.m. or depart from Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn to avoid delays.

An Amtrak train derailed at Penn Station in New York Friday morning, causing service delays and suspensions, officials said.

Several people, including passengers and crew, suffered minor injuries after the Amtrak train "sideswiped" a New Jersey Transit train, NJT said on Twitter.

Twitter user Jordan Geary said he was on a Montclair/Boontoon line train that collided with another train. "It was scary as hell," he tweeted.
NJ Transit confirmed that an Amtrak train "sideswiped" one of its trains as it entered the station. The agency also said that several customers and crew suffered minor injuries, but the train was able to enter the station and passengers were safely deboarded.
NJ Transit also said MidTown Direct trains will divert to the Hoboken Terminal. Cross-honoring with NJT buses, private carriers and PATH are in effect system wide.
The derailment is not affecting service on the Long Island Rail Road at Penn Station, an MTA spokeswoman said.

The last train derailment in New York was on Feb. 8 when a non-passenger LIRR train stalled near Jamaica Station in Queens.

More than 100 commuters were injured when another LIRR train derailed at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn on Jan. 4.

On Sept. 29, a woman was killed and more than 100 others injured when a New Jersey Transit train crashed into the Hoboken Terminal. The driver was later diagnosed with sleep apena.

Kimberly M. Aquilina contributed to this report.

 
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