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Update: Derailment causes LIRR cancellations; more possible Wednesday a.m.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:34 am | Updated: 6:02 pm, Tue Jun 18, 2013.

Long Island Rail Road commuters are being advised that delays and cancellations due to Monday night's derailment in an East River tunnel may extend into Wednesday morning's rush hour.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said no one was hurt when the 10-car 5:51 train to Hempstead, LI, had two cars derail while eastbound in the tunnel. Eight switches and roughly 500 feet of track were damaged. The tunnel is one of four owned and operated by Amtrak.

If repairs are completed in time to restore full service, the LIRR is expecting to provide "near normal rush hour" service on Wednesday morning. 

"If the tunnel remains out of service, LIRR expects to implement a plan similar to  Tuesday's morning rush hour," the MTA said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.

The MTA said 35 westbound trains in the Tuesday morning rush were diverted or canceled, and 21 more have been cancelled through 7:01 p.m. tonight.

Any plans for cancellations will be posted on mta.info.

Repair crews worked through the night and are continuing to do so.

The accident is being investigated by Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road and the Federal Railroad  Administration.

MTA officials had no information as of 11 a.m. as to whether there would be delays in the Wednesday morning commute.

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