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LIRR: Service restored in both directions

The Long Island Rail Road restored service to and from Penn Station on Thursday evening after it was temporarily disrupted by a track fire in an Amtrak tunnel, officials said.

Service had been limited for eastbound commuters to Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma, the LIRR said. And westbound service had previously been suspended.

The rubbish fire in an East River tunnel was not the sole problem rush hour commuters faced.

There also were delays and cancellations because it took the railroad longer than anticipated to fix broken rails near Queens Village that were discovered overnight — and which also had disrupted morning rush hour commutes.

Shortly before 7 p.m., MTA police allowed passengers to resume entering Penn Station at the 34th St. and Seventh Avenie entrance, the LIRR said. Access was temporarily restricted there due to overcrowding after the track fire broke out.

“There was a small debris fire under the 3rd rail, which has been extinguished by FDNY,” an Amtrak spokeswoman said by email before 7 p.m.

For the national railroad, “Normal train operations have resumed with residual delays in and out of Penn Station,” she said.

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