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Construction accident snarls LIRR river crossings

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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 1:45 pm

Long Island Rail Road Service between Jamaica and Manhattan was shut down for more than two hours on Monday morning after a construction accident damaged signal cables near the Harold Interlocking in the Sunnyside rail yard.

Marjorie Anders, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the accident took place at about 9:45 a.m. when a backhoe damaged the cables. No one was injured in the mishap.

Anders said some trains had to return to Penn Station, Jamaica and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn as people were encouraged to use the subways to go between boroughs. She said New York City Transit buses cross-honored fares until just after noon.

Anders said at 12:30 that they still were getting trains back on schedule, but that Monday’s evening rush hour should not be affected.

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