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LIRR: Westbound Ronkonkoma Branch on or close after delays

Problems with signals in Deer Park caused minor delays on the westbound Ronkonkoma Branch of the Long Island Rail Road on Thursday morning, while one train bound for Penn Station from Farmingdale was held after a truck hit a Garden City train trestle, officials said.

Ronkonkoma passengers headed toward New York City were back on schedule before 10 a.m. after about two hours of 10 to 15 minute delays, according to the LIRR's Twitter account. 

The too-tall truck hit the LIRR bridge in Garden City's Merillion Avenue that crosses over Nassau Boulevard at about 10:15 a.m., a railroad spokesman said by email.

"As per normal procedure, we immediately put a slow-speed order over the bridge to ensure safety, and summoned bridge and track inspectors to the bridge so they could assess whether the strike caused any significant issues," he said.

The Farmingdale train, due in Penn Station at 10:59 a.m., was delayed around a quarter of an hour until the LIRR inspectors determined the bridge was sound for "full speed" service at 11:03 a.m., the spokesman said.

“There were no injuries as far as I know,” Garden City Village Police Lt. Vincent Thorn said. “My understanding is… it was relatively minor as these kinds of accidents go.”

The bridge, one of many being replaced under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's upgrade programs, has been struck in the past, including in August. The new replacement bridge will be 2 1/2 feet higher.

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