LIRR service to Hamptons to be disrupted for repair

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LIRR service to the Hamptons will be disrupted for most of Wednesday as crews reposition and repair a train trestle struck Tuesday by a garbage truck, MTA officials said.

Buses for much of Wednesday will take riders from East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk stations to Bridgehampton to connect to trains as crews continue repairs, Donovan said. Officials expect the work to finish Wednesday.

The private sanitation truck slammed into the bridge over North Main Street in East Hampton with such force that the pylons supporting the trestle shifted, said Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. A crane had to be sent to reposition the pylons and rail viaduct, he said.

The crash, which happened about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, suspended Long Island Rail Road service on the Montauk branch to the seven stations east of Speonk.

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East Hampton Village police issued summonses to the truck driver, one for disobeying the posted clearance of 10 feet and another for a vehicle inspection violation, Donovan said.

The crash was followed Tuesday by signal problems that canceled at least four trains and delayed about a dozen others during the evening rush hour.

The signal problems started about 3:20 p.m. in Valley Stream, suspending service for about 40 minutes to the Babylon, Long Beach, Far Rockaway and West Hempstead branches. LIRR officials were looking into the cause of the signal problems.

The disruptions come as LIRR prepares for the Memorial Day weekend. It will add eight early-afternoon trains from Penn Station on Friday to the Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Far Rockaway branches.

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