Long Island Rail Road Train Derails In Queens; No Injuries

WCBS 880 Newsroom
November 22, 2019 - 10:38 pm

Marta Zielinska/WCBS 880


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Long Island Rail Road train was involved in a minor derailment in Queens on Friday night.

The LIRR said two cars of a 10-car Babylon-bound train that had left Penn Station at 8:56 p.m. derailed just east of Jamaica.

The LIRR tells WCBS 880 that the wheels slipped off the track.

The train was due in Babylon at 10:11 p.m.

Passengers have been removed from the derailed cars and the LIRR tweeted that a rescue train has been deployed.

The FDNY and NYPD responded to the scene.

Many passengers took to Twitter to document the situation.

Some reported that the power went off on the train and the doors were open, letting the cold air in.

One man said his wife was on the train and that the engineer did not realize the cars had derailed until the emergency brake was pulled.

There also seemed to be some confusion regarding the deployment of a rescue train.

"How does twitter have updates before the crew? Literally the crew was SHOCKED to learn of a rescue train. Communication is clearly of the utmost important at the MTA!!!" one person wrote.

"#Lirr talk of a rescue train, surprises the crew, some confusion, I guess. Crew say it could be a half hour more delay, but who knows," anothe person said.

One woman said, "We were told they are attempting to cut the last four cars and proceed East. If that fails, we will have a 'rescue train.'"

Later, it appeared crews were evacuating passengers one car at a time.

One Twitter user wrote that people on the train were getting "hostile" and someone posted a picture of police escorting a woman on the train in handcuffs.

No injuries were reported.

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