New Jersey Transit Train Derails Heading Into Penn Station


Workers repaired tracks at Penn Station last month.

Richard Drew/Associated Press

A New Jersey Transit train derailed in Pennsylvania Station on Wednesday morning, the third such episode to take place in recent months, slowing the morning commute in what has become a familiar ritual for passengers.

The train, which had no riders, was traveling from Sunnyside Yard in Queens when its engine derailed at about 4:25 a.m., said Lisa Torbin, a New Jersey Transit spokeswoman.

The train’s cars blocked tracks one through five at Penn Station, causing 20-minute delays for inbound and outbound service. No injuries were reported. By 6:30 a.m., New Jersey Transit said delays were minimal.

The derailment, the third for New Jersey Transit and the fourth in recent months at Penn Station, underscored the continuing unpredictability of service. An Amtrak train derailed at the station in March, and New Jersey Transit trains derailed in April and July.

Officials have rushed to make repairs to aging tracks, significantly reducing the number of trains into the station, which is the nation’s busiest.

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