Hamptons LIRR service fully restored
Full service to the Hamptons was restored during Wednesday's evening rush hour after structural repairs were finished on a trestle struck by a garbage truck Tuesday, the Long Island Rail Road said.
In an alert to riders, the commuter rail said the first train to make it all the way to Montauk would leave Hunterspoint Avenue at 4:30 p.m. and arrive 7:34 p.m.
A private sanitation truck had hit the trestle over North Main Street in East Hampton at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, shutting down service east of Speonk on the Montauk branch. Riders were provided with bus service, and only the three stations east of Bridgehampton remained shut down Wednesday.
LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena called the repairs "extensive" and said they were completed Wednesday after crews worked overnight.
The impact of the crash had shifted the trestle off its pylons by up to 11/4 inches, LIRR officials said. The rails were out of alignment vertically and horizontally, they said.
Track crews first had to cut the welded rails so a crane could lift the bridge back into place, LIRR officials said.
Afterward, as those crews reset the rails, other workers repaired the bearings supporting the bridge abutments, officials said.
In tests conducted Wednesday afternoon, diesel cars ran at different speeds, up to the maximum allowable, on the trestle to gauge the stability of repairs, Arena said.
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, the LIRR said.