Freight train derails in the Bronx, snarling Amtrak service

Freight Train Derails In The Bronx

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A CSX freight train derailed in the Bronx Wednesday morning, disrupting Amtrak service.

The derailment took place around 9:15 a.m. in the Oak Point rail yard near Bruckner Boulevard and Longwood Avenue in Hunts Point, CSX said in a statement.

At least eight empty freight cars derailed.

No injuries were reported, and there were no reports of any hazardous materials involved, according to CSX.

One of the overturned freight cars is sprawled across the Amtrak tracks, causing the delays in service.

Northeast Regional and Acela Express service between New York and New Rochelle was suspended Wednesday morning due to the derailment, but has since been partially restored.

Passengers at Penn Station who were stuck waiting expressed their frustrations to CBS2’s Jessica Moore.

“We arrived an hour early, and they wouldn’t let us get on the early train because it was an extra $250, and now we’re stuck for an indefinite delay,” one delayed passenger told Moore.

“I’m just a bit concerned that we don’t know what else we should be doing. Trying to listen to the announcements, trying to work out what’s happened, that’s all,” another delayed passenger said.

“Waiting for two hours, unfortunately it’s delayed. So far, we have no further news,” one man said. “Just waiting.”

Amtrak customers are being asked to switch to Metro North, or if you can find a way to New Rochelle, you can pick up an Amtrak train there.

Passengers can also check refund information, head to Amtrak’s website, or check current service alerts here.

CSX is working on cleaning up the derailed cars. The FDNY said it will be an extensive cleanup.

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