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NYC derailment snarls train travel

New Jersey Transit adjusted service and said passengers may experience delays and crowding after one of its trains derailed in New York City's Penn Station complex.

The incident occurred at about 10:50 a.m. and is blocking access to 8 of 10 station tracks, Dan Stessel, an agency spokesman, said in a telephone interview. No injuries were reported by the 300 passengers on the train, NJ Transit said in a statement.

The Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line may have "significant delays" and commuters should expect "crowding conditions" because some trains will be combined, the web site statement said. Amtrak reported delays of 15 to 30 minutes and said it has a single track operating in and out of Penn Station.

The derailment of the train, which NJ Transit said left Penn Station at 10:45 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Dover, New Jersey, at 12:23 p.m., affected Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Service in and out of Penn Station, that railroad said in a separate statement.
The train derailed just before it entered the tunnel, and passengers were taken from the train and walked to the station, NJ Transit said.

NJ Transit's last derailment occurred in February 2007, Stessel said in an e-mail.

-- Bloomberg

By Michael Bolden  | October 25, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
Categories:  Amtrak, Commuter Rail, Passenger Rail  
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