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Investigation continues into LIRR derailment in Jamaica

Long Island Railroad workers try to figure out why their train heading out of Jamaica Avenue station derailed a quarter mile after the station. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

No injuries were reported in a derailment of a packed Long Island Rail Road train leaving the Jamaica Station Friday night.

MTA officials said two rear cars on a Babylon-bound train coming from Penn Station jumped the track about a quarter mile from the Jamaica stop just before 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 22. About 400 passengers were stranded on board the disabled train.

Emergency crews were there in minutes, but discovered that nobody on the train was hurt. A rescue train was brought in to safely remove the 400 passengers to another train. Crews passed out water to the passengers as they waited to depart.

Long Island Railroad workers try to figure out why their train heading out of the Jamaica Avenue station derailed a quarter mile after the station. MTA police exit tracks after the derailment.

The derailment caused cancellations and delays on the Babylon Branch.

Work crews meanwhile were trying to figure out why the train left the tracks. The MTA could not say why the derailment occurred.

On Oct. 13, a freight train derailed a few hundred yards from the same spot where this derailment occurred. MTA officials could say if there was any connection. No injuries were reported in that incident, though service was also disrupted on the Long Island Rail Road for a short time.

MTA workers were trying to get two freight train cars back on track at about 153rd Street near Archer Avenue in Jamaica Queens on October 13. (Photo By Todd Maisel)

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