Derailment cleared in New York's Penn Station, delays ease

August 23, 2017 - 7:10 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Rail workers have cleared an empty New Jersey Transit train that derailed inside New York's Penn Station, causing early morning delays.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett says the derailed cars were cleared by 6:20 a.m. Wednesday. She says an Amtrak crew was moving a NJ Transit train out of a railyard around 5 a.m. when some cars derailed on Track 4, where repair work started earlier this summer.

Affected NJ Transit trains are back on schedule after initial 20-minute delays. The Long Island Rail Road and subways were not affected.

Trains have been operating under revised schedules since July while Amtrak conducts extensive repairs at Penn Station. Before the work began, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that commuters could be in for a "summer of hell."

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