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Freight train jumps track in Queens

NEW YORK - The last three cars of an NY&A train derailed shortly before 3 Wednesday afternoon, shutting down two tracks that are not used by LIRR trains passing through Jamaica Station. No injuries were reported and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The derailment did prevent the LIRR from moving trains stored in its Jamaica yard into service for the evening commute, meaning fewer trains were available.

As a result, as of 6:30 PM, the LIRR had to cancel four eastbound trains at Penn Station and move those passengers to the next available train on their branch. The three cancelations were out of more than 100 trains leaving from Penn Station on a typical weekday evening. Of those in operation, about a dozen trains were delayed.

Efforts to re-rail the three derailed cars is well underway and the ongoing task may result in a similarly small number cancelations this morning.

The partial derailment this afternoon of a New York & Atlantic Railway freight train just east of Jamaica Station had little impact on PM peak service.