NJ Transit suspends service at NY Penn Station due to derailed Amtrak train
NEW YORK — All NJ Transit service is suspended in and out of New York Penn Station after an Amtrak train derailed.
Amtrak in a statement said Acela Express #2151, which originated in Boston and was headed for Washington, D.C., had a "minor derailment" as it was leaving the platform and sideswiped an incoming NJ Transit train with 1,000 on board around 9 a.m.
248 passengers on board the train safely exited the train, according to Amtrak, which said the rear of its train was still on the platform.
NJ Transit said rail service remains suspended in and out of NY Penn Station as of noon with Northeast Corridor, NJ Coast Line and Raritan Valley ending at Newark Penn Station where customers can seek alternative service into NYC. Midtown Direct trains were diverted to Hoboken Terminal.
NJ Transit said its train was able to make it to a platform where customers safely exited. There were several minor injuries among its passenger and crew. NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton train #6214 was inbound at a slow speed on track #3 when the incident occured, according to the railroad.
Cross honoring remains in effect system-wide with NJ Transit buses, private carriers, NY Waterway and with PATH at NPS, HOB, and 33rd Street in New York.
NBC 4 New York reported passengers on board an NJ Transit train reported their train bumped the Amtrak train, knocking it "slightly" off the tracks and damaging the NJ Transit train.
Jordan Geary, director of Creative Development at Sesame Workshop tweeted "what happened was "scary as hell" and the impact blew out a window. He also said the NJ Transit train was a Montclair/Boonton train he was riding on.
The suspension of NJ Transit service led to many trains stopped along the Northeast Corridor.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management described the incident as "minor." New York Mayor Bill deBlasio tweeted, “Thankfully we’re hearing there were no serious injuries at Penn Station after derailment of an Amtrak train.”
NJ Transit is cross-honoring tickets system wide.
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Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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