Minor Derailment Jams Up Metro-North During Rush Hour

The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating minor train derailment at New York City's Grand Central Terminal caused cancellations and major delays along the Metro-North New Haven Line during peak travel time Wednesday evening, according to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

A minor train derailment at Grand Central Terminal in New York City is causing cancellations along the Metro-North New Haven Line during peak travel time Wednesday evening,

An alert from Metro-North said the derailed train blocked equipment at Grand Central, prompting the railroad to cancel some trains and delay others. The alert warned commuters to expect late service and crowded rail cars.

Images from Grand Central show commuters packed into the lobby waiting for trains to take them home during peak travel time.

As of about 9:30 p.m., Metro-North said the blockage had been cleared but that trains along the New Haven Line were still delayed up to 15 minutes. The railroad sent an updated alert around 10 p.m. to say trains should be running on time.

Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, said Wednesday night's derailment raises renewed safety concerns.

“Much more than a minor inconvenience, this disturbing multiple car derailment delays and disrupts travel for countless riders. The derailment, fairly or not, recalls past incidents – renewing concerns about safety and reliability. I will be raising detailed questions about the derailment with Metro-North. I appreciate that the FRA has begun an investigation and has alerted me to the incident.” [[290146251, C]]

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