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MTA: Delays Possible For Thursday Morning Rush Due To Freight Train Derailment

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority warned commuters on the Long Island Rail Road that there could be delays and some canceled trains Thursday morning due to a freight train that partially derailed near Jamaica Station in Queens Wednesday.

The MTA said three cars on a seven-car NY&A freight train jumped the tracks just east of Jamaica Station around 3 p.m.

The new LIRR president was out with crews Wednesday, inspecting the damage, CBS 2 reported.

Freight Derailment on LIRR tracks
Crews inspect track damage at site of Wednesday's freight derailment just east of Long Island Rail Road Jamaica station. (Credit: MTA Long Island Rail Road)

The MTA said the derailment prevented the LIRR from moving trains stored in its Jamaica yard into service for the evening commute.

As a result, the MTA canceled four eastbound Long Island Rail Road trains during Wednesday evening's rush.

About a dozen other LIRR trains also experienced delays due to the derailment, but all lines have since returned to on or close to schedule.

The MTA warned, however, that more delays and cancellations could be possible Thursday morning as crews work to re-rail and removed the derailed cars.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The partial derailment comes nearly two weeks after an "F" subway train carrying about 1,000 people derailed in Woodside, Queens. Nineteen people were injured when six of the train's eight cars went off the rails. It took several days to re-rail and remove the train cars from the tracks.

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