A passenger boards a Long Island Rail Road train in Long Beach (Joe Abate).
A passenger boards a Long Island Rail Road train in Long Beach (Joe Abate).

Widespread delays and cancellations caused by a Long Island Rail Road train derailment in Penn Station Monday night are continuing into the Tuesday evening rush hour commute, the LIRR warned.

Twenty one of the normally scheduled 130 eastbound rush hour trains were cancelled Tuesday evening and the LIRR hopes that Amtrack crews will be able  to repair 500-feet of damaged track overnight, allowing for a normal Wednesday commute, the railroad said.

Thirty four of the usual 144 westbound rush hour trains were cancelled or diverted Tuesday morning while crews worked through the night to re-rail the cars that had jumped the track in Penn Station.

“The exact cause of last night’s derailment is being investigated jointly by Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road and the Federal Railroad Administration,” the LIRR said in a statement.

Riders are urged to check the LIRR website or call 511 for more information.

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