LIRR Derailment Just West Of The Jamaica Station

In the previous entry I mentioned how I was having a telephone conversation with my sister. During this conversation, she asked if I had heard & subsequently blogged about the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) derailment that occurred west of the Jamaica station. I told her I did not so I decided to hit the net & see what happened. It turns out that a Huntington bound train jumped the tracks as it approached the Jamaica station. Newsday reporter Jennifer Maloney has more:A Long Island Rail Road train derailment that caused major damage to rails and switches at Jamaica Station yesterday will disrupt the morning rush hour , prompting 12 morning westbound train cancellations as crews scramble to make repairs at the railroad’s largest hub, railroad spokesman Joe Calderone said.

Federal Railroad Administration officials are investigating the derailment, which is the second accident at the same station in a week – and the third this year.

No one was hurt in yesterday’s derailment, which shut down railroad service in both directions for about 90 minutes.

“We were lucky,” said Gerry Bringmann, chairman of the LIRR Commuters Council. “Thank God this happened on a weekend. The fact that we have two [accidents] within four or five days – that’s scary stuff. We’re just hoping that this is a wake-up call for the railroad to fix what’s wrong.”

Yesterday’s accident occurred at 12:20 p.m., just west of the station, when a train bound for Huntington jumped its tracks as it approached the platform. The station has a speed limit of 15 mph.

The LIRR is still trying to determine what caused the incident, Calderone said. Part of the train reached the platform, and passengers from two derailed cars were able to walk through the train to exit onto the platform. But seven passengers from a third derailed car were forced to evacuate onto the tracks after power to the electrified third rail had been shut off, Calderone said.

LIRR officials said the derailment was not related to Wednesday’s collision.

Four of eight tracks at Jamaica were damaged, Calderone said.

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I will repeat what I said 5 days ago when I blogged about the accident that occurred on Wednesday:

“This issue has to be looked into since this is the second known accident in the area this year.”

I need to now change that line to say this is the third known accident in the area this year. What the hell is going on that one accident after another is happening in & around the same area. This can’t be a coincidence can it? Something tells me it isn’t…….

xoxo Transit Blogger

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