An eastbound Long Island Rail Road train derailed in one of the East River tunnels during the Monday evening rush hour commute, causing several trains to be cancelled and delayed,. according to the MTA.

The LIRR reported delays on all 11 branches, began restricting access to Penn Station to prevent overcrowding and had temporarily suspended westbound service between Jamaica and Penn Station to free up the other three tunnels shortly after 6 p.m.

Eastbound service out of Penn Station was described as “extremely limited” by the MTA shortly before 7 p.m. The service was described as “limited hourly service” on the Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma lines.

New York City Transit is cross-honoring LIRR fares on the E Subway trains to Jamaica and 2 or 3 Subway trains to Atlantic Terminal, where riders can catch eastbound trains.


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