LIRR train 'bump' at Jamaica causes major delays

Two Long Island Rail Road trains struck each other while trying to merge on the same track Wednesday morning, causing delays for hours. Westbound trains from Port Jefferson and Babylon were leaving Jamaica

News 12 Staff

Nov 20, 2008, 12:31 AM

Updated 5,722 days ago

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Two Long Island Rail Road trains struck each other while trying to merge on the same track Wednesday morning, causing delays for hours.
Westbound trains from Port Jefferson and Babylon were leaving Jamaica station around 7:30 a.m. when they bumped into each other. LIRR says five people reported minor injuries. Two of them were taken to the hospital. Jamaica station was shut down for 30 minutes as almost 1,000 people were evacuated from the trains.
During the height of hassle, trains were backed up for almost two hours, leaving riders extremely frustrated. LIRR spokesperson Susan McGowen says it?s fortunate the trains were just leaving the station because they were traveling at very low speeds.
Passenger William Lopez was on one of the delayed trains, but says he?s grateful he received the LIRR e-mail he signed up for that warned him what was going on.
LIRR Commuter Councilmember Gerard Bringmann says the LIRR dodged a bullet.
To watch extended Chopper 12 footage from the scene, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.
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