Amtrak on derailment: ‘Clearly we got it wrong’

Amtrak revealed today that it knew about track problems at Penn Station before Monday's derailment that complicated commutes for Long Island Rail Road riders all week.

Amtrak revealed today that it knew about track problems at Penn Station before Monday's derailment that complicated commutes for Long Island Rail Road riders all week. (4/6/17)

HICKSVILLE - Amtrak revealed Thursday that it knew about track problems at Penn Station before Monday's derailment that complicated commutes for Long Island Rail Road riders all week.

The LIRR again had to again reduce service Thursday evening, canceling 16 trains and diverting eight others. The LIRR expects to restore full service for the Friday morning rush.

Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman apologized for the disruptions. 

Moorman says the derailment Monday occurred when the train went over wooden ties that he says were known to be weak but were not scheduled for immediate repair.

"We had notations that these timbers needed to be replaced," says Moorman. "We clearly didn't have the understanding that there was an imminent failure. Clearly that was something where we got it wrong."

The Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council today issued a statement blasting Amtrak.

"Defects like those that led to the two recent Penn Station derailments directly threaten the lives, safety and careers of Long Island commuters," said the statement. It goes on to say, "Amtrak owes it to LIRR riders to comprehensively inspect all Amtrak facilities used by the LIRR and confirm that no critical safety issues are present. If any such issues are discovered - they must be remedied immediately."

Monday's derailment was the second one at Penn Station in the past two weeks.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Thousands of mourners gathered in Bethpage for the 1 Thousands line Bethpage streets in tribute to fallen firefighter
Amtrak announced Thursday it will begin replacing tracks 2 Amtrak accelerating Penn Station work, rail delays expected
They blame the tax break for sending property 3 Hempstead IDA revokes Green Acres Mall tax break
The Pentagon says two U.S. service members were 4 2 US troops killed in eastern Afghanistan
Suffolk County police have arrested a suspected serial 5 Suffolk police arrest suspected serial car thief

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Wednesday marked a third day of headaches and LIRR again cancels 10 morning-rush trains after derailment

The Long Island Rail Road has again canceled 10 morning-rush trains -- this time for

LIRR riders dealt with nightmare commutes for a LIRR cancels 10 morning rush-hour trains after derailment

The Long Island Rail Road says it will cancel 10 Wednesday morning rush-hour trains as

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE