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Metro-North Works Overnight To Restore Full Train Service After Derailment

MTA chief Veronique 'Ronnie' Hakim tours the site of the Metro-North train that derailed in Rye, N.Y., on late Thursday afternoon. All passengers were safely moved off. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter
MTA crews with heavy-duty equipment are on the scene of the derailment Thursday evening in Rye, N.Y., Metro-North said. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter
The wheels on a number of the cars are off the tracks in a minor derailment on Metro-North's New Haven Line near Rye, N.Y. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter
Metro-North workers investigate the scene of a minor derailment Thursday afternoon in Rye. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter

Updated: With repair crews on the scene Thursday night of a "slow-speed minor" train derailment in Rye, N.Y., Metro-North said it would be working overnight to restore full train service for the Friday morning rush-hour commute.

MTA chief Veronique "Ronnie" Hakim toured the scene late Thursday and was "cautiously optimistic for near-normal" Metro-North train service by Friday, the MTA said via Twitter.

The derailment occurred on the New Haven Line, which runs through Connecticut.

All the passengers were safely moved off the train after the minor derailment at about 5:15 p.m. Thursday near the station in Rye. No injuries were reported.

But the incident was still causing big delays into the night, with delays of nearly an hour reported for trains going through Rye for much of the evening, Metro-North said.

By 11 p.m., the New Haven Line Service was experiencing delays of up to 25 minutes in the vicinity of Rye. Trains were still limited to two tracks in the area.

Service to Grand Central was to resume late Thursday from Greenwich, Port Chester and Rye but will board on the eastbound (to Stamford) track. New York-bound service had been suspended for much of the evening at those stations.

The derailment involved several cars on the train and occurred east of the train station, behind the Avon building on Midland Avenue in Rye.

All of the train cars remained upright, Metro-North said.

Passengers on the derailed train were transferred to another train about an hour after the incident, Metro-North said.

Train riders are advised to listen for announcements at their local stations.

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