LIRR: No explanation for trains running stop signals

The Long Island Rail Road says there has been a spike in the number of trains running through stop signals this year.

The LIRR says eight trains went through stop signals so far this year, compared to five for all of 2009 and three in 2008.

LIRR officials say the eight violations occurred near Penn Station, Jamaica and a rail yard in Rockaway. All the trains were moving at less than 15 mph. Four were carrying passengers.

?There's really nothing that I can say or offer as an explanation,? LIRR President Helena Williams says.

A spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration says it is investigating the spike in signal problems.

AP wire reports contribute to this article.

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