Delays on LIRR Port Washington branch after investigation on tracks

Rail service on the Port Washington branch was temporarily suspended Wednesday evening as police investigated a possible trespasser on the tracks in Queens, a Long Island Rail Road official said.

Service resumed just before 8 p.m., but the LIRR said passengers should expect residual delays.

The delays started when crew members on the 6:44 p.m. train from Great Neck to Penn Station saw someone emerge from the woods just east of Auburndale and run onto the tracks, said LIRR spokeswoman Marjorie Anders.

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The train stopped, and MTA police looked around the tracks for signs of a person or a "strike," but found neither, she said.

Delays led to the cancellation of the 7:39 p.m. train from Port Washington to Penn, LIRR said.

The 7:27 p.m. train from Penn Station to Port Washington was expected to be up to 19 minutes late, the railroad said, while the 6:44 p.m. train from Great Neck was expected to arrive at Penn Station 63 minutes late.

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