Earlier this morning, my sister sent me a text message saying she was stuck on her LIRR train due to an accident. I did not notice the text message until sometime later but decided to poke around to find out what happened. As it turns out, local media outlets had the story. The cause for my sister’s delay along with thousands of others was due to a minor accident. The minor accident occurred when 2 LIRR trains bumped when they reached a signal at the same time west of the Jamaica station. John Valenti of Newsday has more in this report:
Two Long Island Rail Road trains bumped into each other while leaving Jamaica station during the morning rush on Wednesday, resulting in four minor injuries and subsequent delays of more than an hour, the LIRR said.
A railroad spokesman said service was back “on or close to” schedule at 11:45 a.m. The accident was the second in eight months involving a collision between two trains, also just west of Jamaica station.
The accident occurred at 7:30 a.m. as the two trains were leaving Jamaica station.
It was then that the 5:59 a.m. train from Port Jefferson, due in at Hunterspoint Avenue at 7:41 a.m., struck the rear car of the 6:42 a.m. train from Babylon, which was scheduled to arrive at Penn Station at 7:49 a.m.
According to Mendelson, the two trains were leaving the station and “got to a switch at the same time.” Mendelson said the front of the westbound Port Jefferson bumped into the rear of the Babylon train.
About 770 passengers were evacuated from the Babylon train, while another 230 were evacuated from the Port Jefferson train, Mendelson said.
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This issue has to be looked into since this is the second known accident in the area this year.
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