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LIRR evening rush unlikely to face delays after morning snarls, officials say

A disabled Amtrak train in one of the four East River Tunnels to Manhattan caused delays to Long Island Rail Road riders headed to Penn Station on Wednesday, officials said.

The situation created 10-to-15 minute delays during the morning rush hour.

The railroad said it does not expect the evening rush hour to be impacted Wednesday.

The incident occurred at 7:46 a.m. in tunnel No. 2, railroad spokesman Salvatore Arena said. As a result, the LIRR had residual delays throughout the morning.

Amtrak owns and operates the tunnels, which provide the only link for LIRR trains between Long Island and Queens and Penn Station.

Earlier Wednesday, an unauthorized vehicle on the train tracks east of the Kings Park station disrupted service on the Port Jefferson branch, officials said. That incident occurred at the Lawrence Avenue crossing in Smithtown, railroad spokesman Salvatore Arena said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said a tow truck removed the vehicle from the tracks sometime after 7:15 a.m. However, a handful of trains were affected -- and service on the branch operated with residual delays.

The affected trains included: The 5:44 a.m. train from Port Jefferson to Penn Station; the 5:59 a.m. train from Port Jefferson to Hunterspoint Avenue; the 6:18 a.m. train from Port Jefferson to Long Island City; the 6:45 a.m. and 6:57 a.m. trains from Port Jefferson to Hunterspoint Avenue; and the 7:07 a.m. train from Huntington to Port Jefferson. Those trains were operating up to 63 minutes late, the railroad said.

The 6:29 a.m. train from Oyster Bay to Jamaica, added a stop at Mineola to accommodate passengers affected by the delays to the other trains.

Arena said, however, that the Oyster Bay train later became disabled -- and was taken out of service at Roslyn.

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